An autopsy report on the 19-year-old fatally shot by LAPD officers after a police chase revealed that the victim suffered 15 gunshot wounds. The toxicology report showed no drugs or alcohol in the victim’s system at the time of death.
Abdul Arian was shot at 90 times after he led police on a freeway chase, calling 911 and stating that he would shoot if provoked.
“The Times reported that Los Angeles police officers fired more than 90 rounds at Arian after he assumed a “shooting stance” and appeared to raise his arms and point a weapon while running backward on the 101 Freeway after the pursuit. LAPD officials said those actions led officers to open fire, killing him.
During the pursuit, Arian called 911 and threatened police: “I have a gun…. I’ve been arrested before for possession of destructive devices; I’m not afraid of the cops.”
He said he would use the gun if necessary.
In the autopsy report obtained Monday by The Times, coroner’s officials say the man suffered “multiple gunshot wounds,” including a fatal shot “perforating the head from the left side.” The report listed a total of 15 gunshots wounds or graze wounds on Arian’s body.” Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2012.
The family of the victim has filed a $120-million lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck, and the city of Los Angeles.