A group of California police officers shot and killed a double amputee on Thursday as he tried to run away from them on his stumps after jumping out of his wheelchair.
The three cops from Huntington Park Police Department were filmed firing at least eight shots at Anthony Lowe Jr., a 36-year-old father-of-two.
His family say he lost the lower halves of his legs recently after an altercation with police in Texas.
Lowe Jr. had just stabbed someone unprovoked, according to the police department, and was trying to run away from two officers on Thursday.
First, they tried to Tase him, chasing him as he ran down the sidewalk, away from the wheelchair he had leaped from.
He turned and tried to hurry away from them, clutching a large butcher’s knife in one hand.
A second police car arrived, from which a third cop emerged. Within 15 seconds of the third officer arriving, they fired multiple shots, shooting Lowe in the upper torso.
Once he was on the ground lying on his stomach, they placed him in handcuffs.
‘The suspect was tased at least twice by Huntington Park Officers but the deployment of the taser was ineffective.
‘The suspect attempted to throw the butcher knife at the officers again, at which time an officer involved shooting occurred,’ the LA County Sheriff’s Office release said.
Lowe Jr. later died at the scene. His family is now demanding answers from the police department.
The officers involved have not yet been named.