Body camera video released in fatal officer involved shooting of Rhode Island man
Warning: This video may be disturbing to some viewers
Warning: This video may be disturbing to some viewers.
LOS ANGELES (WLNE) – The Los Angeles Police Department released new dash camera video of the officer involved shooting that took the life of a Rhode Island man.
That man has been identified as 34-year-old Richard Solitro Jr. of North Providence. The shooting happened in Hollywood on April 24th.
New video posted to LAPD’s YouTube page shows the moments before, during, and after shots were fired.
According to LAPD, officers were driving down Sunset Boulevard around 2:35 p.m. Officers were responding to an unrelated call when they approached Fairfax Avenue.
Video shows the officers stopped in the left-hand turning lane. The driver in front of them, later identified as Solitro, begins to drive in reverse and collides into the front of the police car.
LAPD Captain Stacy Spell details the next graphic moments where Solitro exits the car wearing body amour under this clothing and holding his right hand behind his back.
“The suspect yelled at the officers to get out of the vehicle,” Captain Spell said. “Officers gave the command to put it down, put it down. The suspect ignored the officers’ commands and counted to three.”
Captain Spell says Solitro quickly removed his right hand from behind his back and simulated a shooting type movement.
The police officer fired shots, striking Solitro who later died on scene. No weapon was found.
Police uncovered evidence of a piece of paper they say he was carrying that read “For shooter McGavin”, which is a fictional character from the movie “Happy Gilmore”.
“For the next several months LAPD will continue to investigate and analyze this incident,” Captain Spell said. “We’ll continue interviewing any new witnesses that may come forward and complete any forensic tests.”
Solitro has a history of mental illness, according to North Providence Police, he survived after being shot by an officer during a welfare check in his Rhode Island home.
In that case, North Providence police told ABC 6 News, the officer thought he had a gun, but it was later determined to be fake.
ABC 6 News did reach out to Solitro’s family in North Providence, but haven’t heard back yet.
The shooting remains under review by LAPD, who says it could take up to a year until they determine a finding.