A man was shot and killed at Huntington Beach in Southern California on Saturday afternoon where hundreds of people were gathered nearby at the U.S. Open of Surfing competition.
The incident occurred at around 3:15pm close to the pier. Witnesses managed to capture the shooting on camera.
Pictures and video posted to Twitter sees the suspect lying on the sand surrounded by half a dozen police officers, many of them with their weapons drawn and aimed at the man.
Police shot and killed a man at close range at Huntington City Beach on Saturday afternoon as shocked witnesses watched and screamed from the pier and bike path
The shooting happened about 3:15pm on the sand, just south of the Huntington Beach Pier and near the pathway
Officers had received reports of a suspicious man with a gun and after making contact with the suspect and giving him multiple commands, he refused orders to drop his weapon, at which point police were forced to open fire.
After initial shots were fired, the man could be seen writhing on the sand before attempting to clamber to his feet.
Video shows the man raising his arm and holding a plastic bag in the air, before being shot several times.
The footage then seen another two officers opening fire at the man at point blank range.