Seth Raines, a 44-year-old white man, was shot and killed by Los Angeles police on Friday, July 24 at 12185 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 3:20 p.m., police said that Raines fired shots into the air and toward the ground near Vantage Avenue on Ventura Boulevard. Soon after, police responded to the scene. Terrified witnesses sought cover and hid behind police cars as officers inched closer to the man.
Witnesses said that Raines appeared to be calm as he sat on a brick ledge outside a bank.
"He just looked like he was waiting for the cops," said Paul Gilmartin, who witnessed the shooting.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck later told reporters that investigators believe the shooting was a "suicide by cop" scenario, based on the man's actions and on interviews with family.
Beck said that Raines had what ...