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Video fails to show whether teen shot by deputy in Compton had gun

July 17, 2009 |  8:42 am

Footage from a security camera captured the last, frantic seconds leading up to the shooting death of a teenager in Compton by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. But the images fail to resolve conflicting accounts of the incident.

The video, taken from a surveillance camera mounted on the facade of a doughnut shop, shows 16-year-old Avery Cody Jr. on July 5 sprinting from the sidewalk onto Alondra Boulevard. A deputy is seen giving close chase with his gun drawn and apparently firing at the boy, who is beyond the camera's range.

The images are too poor in quality to confirm the statement by sheriff's officials that Cody had a handgun in his left hand as he fled. Read more about the video and the Compton shooting.

-- Joel Rubin and Richard Winton