Another angle filmed by a witness in the fatal shooting of a male suspect by a Huntington Beach Police officer shows the two getting into an altercation before the shooting.
Police say the man, now identified as 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, got into a fight with the officer outside of a 7/11 convenience store Friday morning at around 9:30 a.m. local time. As the two went to the ground, Tabares grabbed an item from the officer’s utility belt and stood up. After doing so, the officer brandished his weapon and opened fire, firing at least seven shots as Tabares fell to the ground. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
A cellphone video of the incident was captured by a witness and posted to social media. Within under an hour, the video went viral and led to criticism from those saying the officer didn’t have to use deadly force or fire that many shots. The police department released a statement after the video went viral, saying it only depicted part of the incident and left out much of the “attack” Tabares launched on the officer.
“As the officer began to talk to the subject, a verbal confrontation began, and the subject refused to listen to any commands given by the officer,” the statement said. “The suspect violently attacked and assaulted the officer, and a struggle over the officer’s gun belt ensued. The videos we have seen posted are small portions of a violent confrontation, and should not be taken out of context.”
To watch the first witness video, click here.
On Saturday, a second angle of the incident filmed by a witness inside of a nearby vehicle circulated online. The video shows what led up to the fatal shooting of Tabaras and shows the officer throwing several punches before shooting him.
The new footage starts with the officer pointing his Taser at Tabaras as he quickly approaches.
“Have a seat,” the officer can be heard saying after shooting Tabaras with the weapon. He places him into a headlock and wrestles him to the ground, where he tries to subdue him.
Once on the ground, the officer throws punches at Tabaras as a struggle ensued outside of the store.
“Let go of my gun,” the officer can be heard yelling as Tabaras removes the item from his belt.
Watch a video of the second angle below:
Note: The video contains graphic and disturbing content.
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Tabaras’ mother told OC Weekly that her son graduated from Marina High School in 2008. The school is across the street from the 7/11. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Navy as an information systems technician and he lived in Norfolk, Virginia.
According to a post to his Facebook account, he lost his security clearance in 2012 after he tested positive for marijuana, saying he used the drug to deal with depression. His mother said she was planning a vigil to be held Saturday outside of the 7/11 and encouraged people to bring candles and prayers.
The officer-involved shooting is the seventh one things year in Huntington Beach, the highest in the past 10 years, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On September 7, a 29-year old was wounded by police gunfire after officers responded to a report of a vandal slashing tires in the area. According to police, Garrett Meyer walked up to the officers with a knife and officers opened fire. Two officers responding to the scene were wounded by “friendly fire,” investigators said.
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