Police shot and killed a man at a San Bernardino gas station after responding to reports of a man waving around a gun Saturday night, authorities said.
The shooting took place at around 8:30pm at a gas station at Del Rosa Avenue and Date Street, according to the San Bernardino Police Department.
Some witnesses described the object as a flashlight.
When officers arrived, the man was still carrying what appeared to be a black handgun in his hand, police said.
At least one officer can be heard yelling at the man to “put the gun down,” video shows.
At one point, one or more officers fired their weapons, striking the man. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Delina Miranda, a cashier at a Circle K convenience store across the street, witnessed the incident.
Hours before, she saw the same man rummaging in the garbage for food and panhandling, she said.
She told the man he could not do that at the gas station and turned him away. The man, who frequented the area, was harmless, she said. At the time, Miranda said she saw him using a flashlight to dig through the trash.
Miranda said she believed the police mistook the flashlight for a gun.
The man then went to the Valero across the street and later the Exxon. He was then met with more than eight shots by police, Miranda said.
A second witness to the shooting, who did not want to be named, also said the man appeared to be holding a flashlight.
Police did not immediately say whether a gun was recovered at the scene but released several photographs that showed a man pointing an object at a police car that resembled a handgun.