LONG BEACH (CBS/AP) — Long Beach authorities say a man fatally shot by police after jumping out of a second-floor window and struggling with officers was identified Saturday as Feras Morad, 20, of Woodland Hills.
Authorities said Morad was shot after officers made several unsuccessful attempts to subdue him Wednesday evening.
According to a police statement, an apparently intoxicated Morad jumped out of a window after acting erratically with a group of friends.
Morad landed on the street and began advancing rapidly toward an officer. Police say they used a stun gun and physical force to try and contain him. According to the Long Beach Police Department, Morad was shot again after approaching the officer and saying he would attack him.
Morad died later at an area hospital. The shooting remains under investigation.
On Saturday evening, the man’s distraught friends and family spoke to KCAL9’s Cristy Fajardo.
“I am so angry no words can explain what I’m feeling,” said Feras’s sister. She says the family’s grief is compounded by the fact they didn’t know Morad was dead for two days.
“What if I hadn’t called [his friends],” Ghada Morad said, “Nobody!”
The family says on Wednesday night Morad went to Long Beach to study for a debate.
He invested ‘shrooms which they say was out of character for the honor roll student He had a bad reaction and jumped out a second story window.
Hurt and bleeding in an alley his friends, including Ryan Fobes, say they called 911 for help.
In a statement police say the officer had been told Morad had been in a fight with friends. When the officer arrived Morad kept advancing towards him despite being ordered to stop.
“The next thing after the handgun was the gun we were screaming don’t shoot he’s not armed he was shirtless and bleeding,” says Fobes.
Loved ones told Fajardo that Morad was a brilliant student whose high grades at Moorpark College had gotten him accepted to top school but that he chose to tranfer to Long Beach so he could save money for law school.
Now the family says they will be hiring an attorney saying no one who calls for help should be left grieving.
“What they resorted to, this is not the type of help he needed,” Fobes said.
Kamiran Dadah, also 20, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram he was with Morad the night he was killed.
He said Morad was a nationally-ranked debate competitor enrolled at Moorpark College with a 3.9 GPA. He graduated from El Camino High
Dadah also told the Press-Telegram Morad was unarmed at the time of his death.
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