FRESNO, Calif., July 8 (UPI) -- The FBI is investigating a police shooting in Fresno after cellphone video apparently showed officers shooting an unarmed 19-year-old man twice as he laid on the ground at a gas station. He later died.
The shooting occurred last month but the video was released Wednesday, ratcheting up a brutal week of debate about police use of force after two other videos revealed police-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.
The cellphone video shows officers with their guns still pointed at Dylan Noble as he lays on the ground in the gas station parking lot on June 25. Officers shout "Keep your hands up" and a shot is fired, then another moments later. Noble also raises his arms telling police "I've been shot."
Noble was shot a total of four times, but the video begins after the first two shots have been fired.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters officers believed Noble was reaching for a gun but later learned that man was unarmed.
The FBI will be investigating the shooting, Dyer said. He also said the video posted by The Fresno Bee does not fully explain why officers felt threatened by Noble.
Dyer said he will release the officer's body camera videos when the Fresno County District Attorney's Office completes its investigation.