PLAYA VISTA (CBS/AP) — Los Angeles police say an officer shot and killed a male model and former college football standout during a struggle after he stripped naked and caused an early morning disturbance in the Playa Vista area.
Police Cmdr. Andew Smith tells the Los Angeles Times that reports of a naked man yelling incoherently sent officers to the scene around 3:30 a.m.
Friday night, the man was identified as a 25-year-old male model and college football standout named Reginald Doucet.
Smith says two officers calmed the man down and talked him into putting on his boxer shorts, but he ran off when they tried to detain him.
A scuffle ensued and Smith says one officer shot the man twice. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The officers were treated for minor injuries. Doucet reportedly punched both in the head.
LAPD says the officer who fired the fatal shot was a black officer who had been on the force about 17 months.
Police tell City News Service that two more officers received minor injuries when their patrol car crashed into a sign and parked cars en route to the scene.
Officials said Doucet first got into an altercation with the cab driver who brought him home from a night of partying in Hollywood.
In addition to modeling, Doucet starred with the Middle Tennessee State University football team.
According to LA Weekly, Doucet was recently featured as “Eye Candy” for Essence Magazine’s Web site.
Friends told reporters Doucet loved to party and loved the nightlife but was never violent.
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