Shocking moment California cops shoot dead driver pulled over with a rifle between his legs

Southern California police released body camera footage on Wednesday showing the fatal December shooting of Christopher De¿Andre Mitchell, 22 (pictured)

Southern California police released body camera footage on Wednesday showing the fatal December shooting of Christopher De¿Andre Mitchell, 22 (pictured)

Southern California police released body camera footage on Wednesday showing the fatal December shooting of Christopher De’Andre Mitchell, 22 (pictured)

Southern California police have released body camera footage showing the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man after a public outcry calling for transparency.

The Torrance Police Department shared the footage on Wednesday, which was edited to highlight key moments in the officers’ interaction with Christopher De’Andre Mitchell, who died after being shot three times by police on December 9.

The ‘critical incident community briefing’ included a timeline of the events leading up to Mitchell being shot as well as photos of the altered long gun police said he had on him at the scene and 9-1-1 call audio from a man reporting that Mitchell was driving a vehicle that had been stolen from him.

Following Mitchell’s shooting nearly five months ago Black Lives Matter leaders have been present every single Torrance City Council meeting since January demanding the footage be released.

An internal investigation into the shooting still underway, Torrance Police Chief Eve R. Irvine said in the video. 

The names of the officers involved have not been released ‘because of credible death threats made at the sight of the shooting,’ Irvine said. 

Mitchell’s mother, Sherlyn Haynes, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Torrance as well as the police department over her son’s killing. 

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‘Christopher Deandre Mitchell was in a stolen car in a supermarket parking lot with an altered long-gun between his legs when officers first approached him,’ Irvine said.

‘The shooting occurred a short time later after Mitchell did not follow the officers’ directions and reached for the weapon.’  

Audio of a 9-1-1 call which police say came in at 7.40pm Pacific on December 9 reveals a man reported that he was behind his own car, a black 200 Honda Civic, which he said was stolen from him, in traffic near the intersection of Denker Avenue and Carson Street.

'Christopher Deandre Mitchell (pictured in a September 2018 booking photo) was in a stolen car in a supermarket parking lot with an altered long-gun between his legs when officers first approached him,' Torrance Police Chief Eve R. Irvine said. 'The shooting occurred a short time later after Mitchell did not follow the officers' directions and reached for the weapon'

'Christopher Deandre Mitchell (pictured in a September 2018 booking photo) was in a stolen car in a supermarket parking lot with an altered long-gun between his legs when officers first approached him,' Torrance Police Chief Eve R. Irvine said. 'The shooting occurred a short time later after Mitchell did not follow the officers' directions and reached for the weapon'

‘Christopher Deandre Mitchell (pictured in a September 2018 booking photo) was in a stolen car in a supermarket parking lot with an altered long-gun between his legs when officers first approached him,’ Torrance Police Chief Eve R. Irvine said. ‘The shooting occurred a short time later after Mitchell did not follow the officers’ directions and reached for the weapon’

The names of the officers involved have not been released 'because of credible death threats made at the sight of the shooting,' Irvine said. The threat is shown, with the number '187' and the letters 'PPD' crossed out beside the number

The names of the officers involved have not been released 'because of credible death threats made at the sight of the shooting,' Irvine said. The threat is shown, with the number '187' and the letters 'PPD' crossed out beside the number

The incident occurred in the parking lot of a supermarket located at 1770 Carson Street in Torrance (shown)

The incident occurred in the parking lot of a supermarket located at 1770 Carson Street in Torrance (shown)

The names of the officers involved have not been released ‘because of credible death threats made at the sight of the shooting,’ Irvine said

Audio of a 9-1-1 call which police say came in at 7.40pm Pacific on December 9 reveals a man reported that he was behind his own car, a black 200 Honda Civic, which he said was stolen from him, in traffic near the intersection of Denker Avenue and Carson Street

Audio of a 9-1-1 call which police say came in at 7.40pm Pacific on December 9 reveals a man reported that he was behind his own car, a black 200 Honda Civic, which he said was stolen from him, in traffic near the intersection of Denker Avenue and Carson Street

Audio of a 9-1-1 call which police say came in at 7.40pm Pacific on December 9 reveals a man reported that he was behind his own car, a black 200 Honda Civic, which he said was stolen from him, in traffic near the intersection of Denker Avenue and Carson Street

'This is an emergency. My car was stolen Friday,' a man's voice can be heard saying to the dispatcher. 'And I¿m right behind the person that¿s in my car right now'

'This is an emergency. My car was stolen Friday,' a man's voice can be heard saying to the dispatcher. 'And I¿m right behind the person that¿s in my car right now'

‘This is an emergency. My car was stolen Friday,’ a man’s voice can be heard saying to the dispatcher. ‘And I’m right behind the person that’s in my car right now’

At 7.53pm Torrance police officers were stopped by a person claiming to be the owner of the stolen Civic who said he had just seen it drive by

At 7.53pm Torrance police officers were stopped by a person claiming to be the owner of the stolen Civic who said he had just seen it drive by

At 7.53pm Torrance police officers were stopped by a person claiming to be the owner of the stolen Civic who said he had just seen it drive by

‘This is an emergency. My car was stolen Friday,’ a man’s voice can be heard saying to the dispatcher. ‘And I’m right behind the person that’s in my car right now.’

At 7.53pm Torrance police officers were stopped by a person claiming to be the owner of the stolen Civic who said he had just seen it drive by.

Video captured from a supermarket surveillance camera showed a vehicle matching the stolen car’s description pulling into the parking lot at 1770 Carson Street at 7.54pm.

Video captured from a supermarket surveillance camera showed a vehicle matching the stolen car's description pulling into the parking lot at 1770 Carson Street at 7.54pm

Video captured from a supermarket surveillance camera showed a vehicle matching the stolen car's description pulling into the parking lot at 1770 Carson Street at 7.54pm

Video captured from a supermarket surveillance camera showed a vehicle matching the stolen car’s description pulling into the parking lot at 1770 Carson Street at 7.54pm

At 7.57pm two other officers arrived, as shown on the surveillance footage, and spotted the Civic parked in a spot along the east edge of the lot

At 7.57pm two other officers arrived, as shown on the surveillance footage, and spotted the Civic parked in a spot along the east edge of the lot

At 7.57pm two other officers arrived, as shown on the surveillance footage, and spotted the Civic parked in a spot along the east edge of the lot

At 7.57pm two other officers arrived, as shown on the surveillance footage, and spotted the Civic parked in a spot along the east edge of the lot.

From the surveillance video, it appears the officers arrived in one patrol car together, which was parked behind the Civic.

The officer identified as ‘Officer #1’ approached the driver side of the Civic and opened the door to reveal Mitchell seated, with his hands on the steering wheel and something between his legs. Police said at this time ‘Officer #2’ had approached the passenger side of the car.

The officer identified as 'Officer #1' approached the driver side of the Civic and opened the door to reveal Mitchell seated, with his hands on the steering wheel

The officer identified as 'Officer #1' approached the driver side of the Civic and opened the door to reveal Mitchell seated, with his hands on the steering wheel

The officer said Mitchell also had something betweenhis legs, which investigators said was an air rifle

The officer said Mitchell also had something betweenhis legs, which investigators said was an air rifle

The officer identified as ‘Officer #1’ approached the driver side of the Civic and opened the door to reveal Mitchell seated, with his hands on the steering wheel and something between his legs

Police said Officer #1 saw the altered butt stock of a long gun between Mitchell's legs, and very quickly after that Mitchell can be seen dropping his hands from the steering wheel

Police said Officer #1 saw the altered butt stock of a long gun between Mitchell's legs, and very quickly after that Mitchell can be seen dropping his hands from the steering wheel

Police said Officer #1 saw the altered butt stock of a long gun between Mitchell’s legs, and very quickly after that Mitchell can be seen dropping his hands from the steering wheel

Police said Officer #1 saw the altered butt stock of a long gun between Mitchell’s legs, and very quickly after that Mitchell can be seen dropping his hands from the steering wheel. 

At some point, Officer #2 joins Officer #1 at the driver’s side, providing a second angle of what the officers saw when initially confronting Mitchell. 

However, the footage of the officers’ interaction with Mitchell is dark, so it’s difficult to clearly make out what the officers said was a long gun with an altered butt stock between Mitchell’s legs and a garment bag over his lap.

The footage of the officers' interaction with Mitchell is dark, so it's difficult to clearly make out what the officers saw on the night Mitchell was killed

The footage of the officers' interaction with Mitchell is dark, so it's difficult to clearly make out what the officers saw on the night Mitchell was killed

The footage of the officers’ interaction with Mitchell is dark, so it’s difficult to clearly make out what the officers saw on the night Mitchell was killed

Officers said they saw a long gun with an altered butt stock between Mitchell's legs (circled)

Officers said they saw a long gun with an altered butt stock between Mitchell's legs (circled)

They also said he had a garment bag over his lap (circled)

They also said he had a garment bag over his lap (circled)

Officers said they saw a long gun with an altered butt stock between Mitchell’s legs and a garment bag over his lap

Irvine said that ‘due to the lack of light in this case the body camera footage does not clearly show what the officers saw.’ 

Police said investigators determined the weapon was a Crossman Phantom 1000x air rifle which had been altered much like a sawed-off shotgun, with a shortened butt stock. 

‘Individuals who alter butt stocks generally do so to make a long gun easier to conceal,’ police said. 

Police said investigators determined the weapon was a Crossman Phantom 1000x air rifle (the weapon recovered from scene is shown)

Police said investigators determined the weapon was a Crossman Phantom 1000x air rifle (the weapon recovered from scene is shown)

Police said investigators determined the weapon was a Crossman Phantom 1000x air rifle (the weapon recovered from scene is shown)

'Individuals who alter butt stocks generally do so to make a long gun easier to conceal,' police said. An unaltered Crossman rifle is shown

'Individuals who alter butt stocks generally do so to make a long gun easier to conceal,' police said. An unaltered Crossman rifle is shown

‘Individuals who alter butt stocks generally do so to make a long gun easier to conceal,’ police said. An unaltered Crossman rifle is shown 

Police said the air rifle which had been altered much like a sawed off shotgun, with a shortened butt stock. The recovered evidence is shown next to a sawed off shotgun

Police said the air rifle which had been altered much like a sawed off shotgun, with a shortened butt stock. The recovered evidence is shown next to a sawed off shotgun

Police said the air rifle which had been altered much like a sawed off shotgun, with a shortened butt stock. The recovered evidence is shown next to a sawed off shotgun

The audio of the exchange reveals the officer asked, ‘What are you doing here, man?’ to which Mitchell replied, ‘I’m just resting.’   

Within a moment an officer can be heard saying, ‘Don’t move! Don’t move!’ and Mitchell replies, ‘Uh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to.’ 

Police said Mitchell dropped his hands towards the weapon a total of two times and leaned forward before officers opened fire on him. 

The audio of the exchange reveals the officer asked, 'What are you doing here, man?' to which Mitchell replied, 'I'm just resting.' Within a moment an officer can be heard saying, 'Don't move! Don't move!' and Mitchell replies, 'Uh, I¿m sorry. I didn¿t mean to'

The audio of the exchange reveals the officer asked, 'What are you doing here, man?' to which Mitchell replied, 'I'm just resting.' Within a moment an officer can be heard saying, 'Don't move! Don't move!' and Mitchell replies, 'Uh, I¿m sorry. I didn¿t mean to'

The audio of the exchange reveals the officer asked, ‘What are you doing here, man?’ to which Mitchell replied, ‘I’m just resting.’ Within a moment an officer can be heard saying, ‘Don’t move! Don’t move!’ and Mitchell replies, ‘Uh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to’

The officer then says, 'Get out of the car!' and Mitchell says, 'My bad, I didn't mean to...' before his voice trails off and the officer says again, 'Get out of the car!' A second or so later at least two gun shots can be heard, fired by the officer at Mitchell

The officer then says, 'Get out of the car!' and Mitchell says, 'My bad, I didn't mean to...' before his voice trails off and the officer says again, 'Get out of the car!' A second or so later at least two gun shots can be heard, fired by the officer at Mitchell

The officer then says, ‘Get out of the car!’ and Mitchell says, ‘My bad, I didn’t mean to…’ before his voice trails off and the officer says again, ‘Get out of the car!’ A second or so later at least two gun shots can be heard, fired by the officer at Mitchell

The officer then says, ‘Get out of the car!’ and Mitchell says, ‘My bad, I didn’t mean to…’ before his voice trails off and the officer says again, ‘Get out of the car!’

A second or so later at least two gun shots can be heard, fired by the officer at Mitchell.

The video shows police talking to Mitchell after the shooting, telling him, ‘Let us see your hands. We need to help you.’ 

The video shows police talking to Mitchell after the shooting, telling him, 'Let us see your hands. We need to help you'

The video shows police talking to Mitchell after the shooting, telling him, 'Let us see your hands. We need to help you'

The video shows police talking to Mitchell after the shooting, telling him, ‘Let us see your hands. We need to help you’

Officer #1 then can be heard telling another officer, 'We got a gun in his lap. He's still talking.' This is the last piece of footage shared from officer body camera, after which police said the officers on the scene developed an 'extraction and aid plan that would include the use of a BearCat armored vehicle'

Officer #1 then can be heard telling another officer, 'We got a gun in his lap. He's still talking.' This is the last piece of footage shared from officer body camera, after which police said the officers on the scene developed an 'extraction and aid plan that would include the use of a BearCat armored vehicle'

Officer #1 then can be heard telling another officer, ‘We got a gun in his lap. He’s still talking.’ This is the last piece of footage shared from officer body camera, after which police said the officers on the scene developed an ‘extraction and aid plan that would include the use of a BearCat armored vehicle’

Timeline of events on the night Christopher De’Andre Mitchell was shot and killed by Torrance police

December 9, 2018

7.40pm: 9-1-1 call reports driving behind his own stolen 2000 black Honda Civic

7.53pm: Torrance police officers stopped by a person claiming to be the owner of the stolen Civic

7.54pm: Supermarket surveillance footage shows a vehicle matching the stolen car description pulling into the parking lot 

7.57pm: Two other officers arrived and spotted the Civic parked in a spot along the east edge of the lot

Between 7.57pm and 8.26pm: Officers engaged with Mitchell and shot him three times, after which he died 

8.26pm: A vehicle can be seen pulling into the supermarket parking lot, which is presumable the BearCat amored vehicle police said was required to safely extricate Mitchell from the Civic

Source: Torrance Police Department 

Officer #1 then can be heard telling another officer, ‘We got a gun in his lap. He’s still talking.’ 

This is the last piece of footage shared from officer body camera, after which police said the officers on the scene developed an ‘extraction and aid plan that would include the use of a BearCat armored vehicle.’

‘It took 37 minutes to safely removed Mitchell from the vehicle,’ police said. ‘Afterwards officers applied first aid. Tragically they were unsuccessful in reviving him.’

The video did not address why it took over half an hour to get Mitchell out of the vehicle and to attempt life-saving measure. 

His fatal shooting is still under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the LA County Coroner’s Office, Torrance Police Department (TPD) Criminal Investigation and TPD Administration Investigation. 

‘Our understanding of the incident may change as additional evidence may surface or as existing evidence is analyzed and reviewed,’ Irvine said. 

Mitchell’s past convictions include possession of a firearm and operating a chop shop in 2014, vehicle theft in 2015 and 2016, and trespassing, possessing burglary tools, possessing a controlled substance and a third instance of vehicle theft in 2018. 

Police said Mitchell is a documented gang member who went by moniker, ‘Cowboy.’ 

At 8.26pm a vehicle can be seen pulling into the supermarket parking lot, which is presumable the BearCat amored vehicle police said was required to safely extricate Mitchell from the Civic. The video did not address why it took over half an hour to get Mitchell out of the vehicle and to attempt life-saving measure

At 8.26pm a vehicle can be seen pulling into the supermarket parking lot, which is presumable the BearCat amored vehicle police said was required to safely extricate Mitchell from the Civic. The video did not address why it took over half an hour to get Mitchell out of the vehicle and to attempt life-saving measure

At 8.26pm a vehicle can be seen pulling into the supermarket parking lot, which is presumable the BearCat amored vehicle police said was required to safely extricate Mitchell from the Civic. The video did not address why it took over half an hour to get Mitchell out of the vehicle and to attempt life-saving measure

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