'What's The Use Of Having The Prison System If Y'all Are Just Gonna Kill Us,' A Witness Who Knew The Man SaidBy CBSLA Staff

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Authorities were investigating Monday after deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shot and killed a Black man who allegedly punched one of them and dropped a handgun.

Authorities were investigating Monday after deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shot and killed a Black man who allegedly punched one of them and dropped a handgun. (CBSLA)

Sheriff’s investigators said the incident started around 3:15 p.m. near West 109th Place and Budlong Avenue when deputies attempted to stop a man riding his bike for a vehicle code violation. Investigators said the man then took off running.

Cell phone video captured the man running from deputies moments before he was fatally shot. Witnesses could be heard in that video yelling out at the deputies involved.

“Our suspect was holding some items of clothing in his hands, punched one of the officers in the face and then dropped the items in his hands,” Lt. Brandon Dean said. “The deputies noticed that inside the clothing items that he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

Investigators said a handgun was recovered at the scene.

One woman, who didn’t want to be identified, said she knew the man and saw the whole thing.

“He had a towel and he had his clothes and his pants couldn’t even stay up, so that’s what made him slow down so they had enough to get him,” she said. “They didn’t have to shoot him more than 5 times, they could have shot him one time in the leg.

“What’s the use of having the prison system if y’all are just gonna kill us,” the woman said through tears. “What are y’all here for? Who are you protecting?”

Dijon Kizzee, 29, identified by family members as the victim in a fatal deputy shooting, is seen here in an undated photo. (Family photo)

Cell phone video taken after the shooting shows deputies trying to render aid to the man, identified by family at the scene as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee. Immediately following the shooting, a small crowd gathered around the scene, but quickly grew to nearly 100.

“How many more times do we have to gather out here, mourning the loss of our brothers and sisters,” one protester said.

The District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Inspector General were both on the scene, though investigators could not say how many times or where the man was shot.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Comments (142)
  1. Headline should read “Man, who produced a handgun, allegedly shot by Deputy’s” Not the other way around.

    1. Minapi says:

      Thank you. Really. Whether trolling or not, you are every reason why we are still the move oversensitive and oppressive group of people out there, and why our country will continue to collapse in such a hastening rate like it is now.

  2. And, oh yes, he looks like an upstanding citizen of Los Angeles.

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  4. Follow Me says:

    LA pigs better trained than the dirty pigs in WI – 7 shots and you could not kill the guy. LA pigs got the job done under 7 shots. That the difference.

  5. Follow Me says:

    need to get ride of all black people and the crackers who brought them here and are currently killing them.

  6. lola says:

    que locura!!!! te matan por cualquier cosa en estados unidos

  7. DB says:

    Heaven forbid everyone wait for the facts to come out. He was armed with a handgun and assaulted a Police Officer. That fact that he was black is not relative, except to incite the crowd. The reporter referred to them as “black lives matter protesters”. How do they know that? Did they ask if anyone was a member of that group, or did you assume since they were black? Journalism is dead.

  8. Liz says:

    I just don’t understand why these black lives cannot follow simple instructions given by law enforcement! If they would just comply, they would not be dead.

  9. Billskicpl Snark says:

    it really looks like just another suicide by cop….our county is operating a suicide service with our taxes.

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