Three police officers from the Huntington Park Police Department in California shot and killed a double amputee on Thursday as he attempted to move away from them. The incident of the shooting of 36-year-old father-of-two Anthony Lowe Jr. was caught on video. The footage shows 8 shots being fired at Lowe, who had lost both of his legs in a separate confrontation with police in Texas and can be seen holding a knife. Lowe had just stabbed someone unprovoked, according to the police department and was trying to run away from officers.
The LA County Sheriff’s Office released a statement reading, “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.” Watch the altercation below (WARNING Graphic).
Huntington Park, California police officers shoot dead Anthony Lowe Jr, a double amputee man who tried to run away from them on the stumps of his legs. The cops said they were afraid Lowe would throw the knife he had at them. pic.twitter.com/y4FjqED4Hy
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Lowe died at the scene and his family is now demanding answers from the police department. Lt. Hugo Reynaga of the LA County Sheriff’s Office announced that all of the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on leave but action has been taken against them. The sheriff’s office is investigating though, and mother, Dorothy Lowe, said at a press conference on Sunday, ‘They murdered my son, in a wheelchair with no legs. They do need to do something about it.”
Lowe had been living at his mother’s house and told her that he was going to McDonalds on the day of his death. It is unclear who he is alleged to have stabbed or what condition that person is currently in.