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Coroner: Man shot at by police more than 90 times not on drugs

June 18, 2012 |  2:12 pm

Abdul ArianAn unarmed 19-year-old man fatally shot by LAPD officers on the 101 Freeway was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, a toxicology report from the coroner's office says.

Abdul Arian, pictured, was gunned down in April after he led officers on a high-speed freeway pursuit and called 911 to threaten them with a gun.

The Times reported that Los Angeles police officers fired more than 90 rounds at Arian after he assumed a "shooting stance" and appeared to raise his arms and point a weapon while running backward on the 101 Freeway after the pursuit. LAPD officials said those actions led officers to open fire, killing him.

During the pursuit, Arian called 911 and threatened police: "I have a gun.... I've been arrested before for possession of destructive devices; I'm not afraid of the cops."

He said he would use the gun if necessary.

In the autopsy report obtained Monday by The Times, coroner’s officials say the man suffered “multiple gunshot wounds,” including a fatal shot “perforating the head from the left side.” The report listed a total of 15 gunshots wounds or graze wounds on Arian’s body.

All 10 toxicology tests came back negative for drugs and alcohol.

Jeffrey M. Galen, an attorney for Arian’s family, filed a $120-million lawsuit Monday against the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck and the city of Los Angeles. The lawsuit comes weeks after the city denied a claim in the case filed by Galen.


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