R.I.P Alton Sterling
At 12:35 a.m., at 2112 North Foster Drive, in the parking lot of Triple S Food Mart, Sterling was detained by Baton Rouge Police Department officers after an anonymous caller reported that a man believed to be Sterling was threatening him and waving or brandishing a handgun while in the process of selling CDs. One officer grabbed Sterling, who was of heavy build, and tackled him to the hood of a silver sedan and then to the ground. Sterling was pinned to the ground, while one officer kneeled on him and pulled Sterling's left arm. The officers shouted "Get on the ground," "He's got a gun!" twice and then "If you fucking move, I swear to God!" One officer was heard on the video saying "Mike, he's going for the Taser!" One officer aimed his gun at Sterling's body and then fired four or five shots, in which one gunshot was shown fired on the bystander's cell phone camera, and the camera was then moved under the car window when the last three or four shots were fired. There was a brief pause between the first and second firing of shots.A firearm was later recovered from Sterling's pocket.
According to the owner of Triple S Food Mart, Sterling was not holding a gun or reaching for his pockets before he was shot. He also said Sterling was Tasered before he was shot.
East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William Clark said the initial results of an autopsy performed on show of July 5 Sterling died due to a homicide and suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back.