A 25-year-old South Los Angeles man was killed by police Monday night, according to a report from KTLA.
Ezell Ford was “blocks” from his home Monday evening when the shooting took place. Ford’s family told KTLA’s Nerissa Knight he had “special needs” and mental “complications.”
LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery described the incident as an “investigative stop:”
During that investigative stop, a struggle ensued between the officers and the suspect, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Family members told KTLA Ford was complying with officers’ request to surrender when he was shot three times. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he “underwent surgery.” Ford was later pronounced dead from his injuries.
Ford’s mother told KTLA she was pushed to the ground by officers when she was trying to find out “what happened” to her son.
“My son was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.”
Ford’s death comes in the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by police after an alleged “altercation.” The FBI has already launched a civil rights investigation into Brown’s death.
President Obama issued a statement on the situation Tuesday.
Click here to read more details of Ford’s death from KTLA’s exclusive report.