A police officer shot a man outside a liquor store in San Bernardino following a confrontation late Thursday night and it was all caught on video.

The shooting happened outside King Tut Liquor Store near the corner of Baseline and Waterman Avenue at about 11:30 p.m.

The video shows one officer and a man wrestling on the ground and at one point, it appears the man may have reached for something near his waistband or pocket and that’s when the officer fired his weapon.

A witness says she watched the entire scuffle unfold and was in disbelief.

“The dude started coming and he started fighting that dude. That dude tried to get up and then all we heard was just ‘bam’ ‘bam’ ‘bam’… the police shot that man.”

Additional officers arrived within minutes. The incident drew a small crowd of people upset with the police shooting.

So far, San Bernardino police have not provided information on why the officer involved was at that location or what led to the confrontation between that officer and the man that was shot.

It was also not immediately clear what happened before the portion of the scuffle captured on video or whether the man was armed.

The condition of the man was not immediately unknown. The investigation is ongoing.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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