Handcuffed man shot by police identified as 18-year-old
A man who was fatally shot by a Moreno Valley police officer while lying on the ground handcuffed has been identified as an 18-year-old Ontario resident
Authorities on Saturday said Lamon Khiry Haslip, 18, of Ontario, was shot when officers noticed that he had a handgun.
At the time, Haslip was lying on the ground and handcuffed, but officers said that he had rolled on his side and one “officer backed away from the subject and announced that the subject had a gun,” according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
There also was a second officer at the scene, and it was not immediately clear which officer opened fire. Haslip died at the scene.
Officers had been dispatched to Fir Avenue in Moreno Valley on a call about a gang-related "man with a gun" that came in at 8:38 p.m. Friday. The caller said “several males” were in front of a residence “creating a disturbance and brandishing guns,” the release said.
The first officer arrived within two minutes and was told that the suspects had fled in a vehicle. Minutes later, a vehicle with Haslip in it drove by, and the person who had called the police identified the car as one involved in the earlier incident.
When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Haslip allegedly attempted to flee on foot. The officer captured Haslip and placed him in handcuffs on the ground, police said.
A second officer arrived just before the shooting. The officers reported finding a gun in Haslip’s possession.
The officer who shot Haslip was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, which is the department’s policy. No officers were injured.
The Moreno Valley Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department are seeking witnesses or anyone else with relevant information. They can call the central homicide unit at (951) 955-2777 or the Moreno Valley Police Department at (951) 486-6700.
-- Howard Blume