01:53 - Source: KTLA
LA police officer shoots black man

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Protestors gathered Saturday evening near scene of shooting

Carnell Snell Jr. was fatally shot by police Saturday after a foot chase, according to news reports

CNN —  

The Los Angeles Police Department says it is investigating after an officer fatally shot a black man following a foot chase.

LAPD officers say the incident started when they tried to perform a traffic stop early Saturday afternoon on a car with paper license plates. Officers suspected the vehicle, which contained at least two occupants, was stolen. The car failed to stop and officers gave chase, according to authorities.

When the car finally did slow down, a man later identified as 18-year-old Carnell Snell ran out from the back seat, “holding his waistband as if he was supporting something,” Beck said.

Officers chased Snell for a few hundred yards, during which they saw him remove a handgun from his waistband, the chief said.

No officers were injured and a handgun was recovered at the scene, the LAPD said. It was not clear Sunday what happened to the other man who fled the car.

Snell’s mother, Monique Morgan, was visibly distraught as she told reporters her son was shot multiple times.

“My daughter got a phone call,” she said as she wept. “It said that the police shot him.”

When speaking with CNN affiliate KABC, Morgan claimed that the LAPD had not given her any information about her son.

Beck said a semi-automatic handgun found next to Snell’s body was fully loaded.

As with any officer-involved shooting, LAPD’s Force Investigation Division will investigate and present its findings to Beck. The chief, along with the LAPD board of commissioners, will determine whether officers complied with department procedures.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office also plans to investigate.

Crowds gathered near the scene of the shooting and remained there into the evening, but the demonstrations were peaceful. Police monitoring the protest initially wore riot gear, but removed it later, according to CNN affiliate KTLA.

The incidents follow recent police-involved shootings in El Cajon, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The shooting victims in El Cajon and Tulsa were unarmed, but questions remain on whether the victim in Charlotte had a weapon.

CNN’s Joe Sutton, Artemis Moshtaghian, and Carma Hassan contributed to this report.