Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2016

Alton Sterling pattern revealed: threaten people with gun, wrestle with police and try to pull weapon on officers

A Baton Rouge detective has detailed the Louisiana police officers fatal shooting of Alton Sterling while being pinned to the ground by officers. The report indicates that Sterling was reaching for his gun tucked in his pocket.

Detective R. Cook wrote that the Baton Rouge officers deployed their Tasers after Sterling did not comply with their orders after responding to the call that Sterling was threatening another man with a gun. The search warrant affidavit seeking surveillance video from the store where the shooting took place reveal much more that what has made the headlines.

Alton Sterling

Alton Sterling

“While the officers were attempting to subdue the subject the officers observed the butt of a gun in the subject’s front pants pocket,” Cook wrote. “When the subject attempted to reach for the gun from his pockets the officers fired their police issued duty weapon at the subject to stop the threat. The subject was shot multiple times and did not survive his injuries.”

The owner of the convenience store, Abdullah Muflahi, has now sued Baton Rouge and its police department. Muflahi accused authorities of illegally taking him into custody and confiscating his entire security system without a warrant.
When asked about the lawsuit by CNN, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said police would not comment on pending litigation, as is standard procedure.

The July 5th shooting death of Sterling, 37, is just another run in with authorities. CBS obtained documents showing that in May 2009, Sterling fought with cops outside a convenience store where he was selling CDs while carrying a gun. That report states that Sterling was “on the corner selling CDs” and that the subject had pulled a gun on someone.

More from this incident which paints a pattern of behavior:

The officer asked Sterling to put his hand on the hood of his police car and asked if Sterling had any weapons on him. The report says Sterling did “not answer” and, as the officer continued to pat him down, Sterling started reaching for his pocket.

The officer went on to say in the report that Sterling suddenly spun around and the two began to struggle. The officer and Sterling hit the ground. The officer said he was able to call for backup as Sterling tried to push him off.

“While wrestling with this subject on the ground, a black semi-auto hand gun fell from this subject’s waist band at this time,” the report states.

A deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrived as the officer was on the ground with Sterling. The two eventually were able to get Sterling into handcuffs. “Sterling was then escorted to my unit, where he continued to fight with officers,” the report ends.

Alton Sterling photo/ Facebook

Alton Sterling photo/ Facebook

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