LAPD Chief reserves judgment on fatal shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck says he's reserving judgment on officers' fatal shooting of an unarmed car chase suspect who crashed his Corvette on live TV.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1bbwKbC ) that Beck warned Monday that officers may have had a different perspective on the ground in downtown Los Angeles Friday night.

The nearly hour-long pursuit was broadcast live and ended with 51-year-old Brian Newt Beaird of Oceanside crashing his Corvette into another car at an intersection. The Corvette spun onto the curb. Beaird got out, walking behind his car while briefly raising his hands with his back to officers. He fell to the ground after one or more officers opened fire.

The incident began as a suspected drunken or reckless driver pursuit. It is under investigation.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com