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Keith Myron Bursey Jr., 31

Keith Bursey Jr., a 31-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Friday, June 10, near West Slauson and Brynhurst avenues in Hyde Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 8:30 p.m. gang officers stopped a car in the area. A man armed with a gun got out of the car, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. A scuffle ensued, Beck said, and at some point, police opened fire.

Bursey was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

“This is obviously a tragic incident for all involved, but there is nothing on the face of it that would cause me to think that the officers were doing anything but their jobs,” Beck told police commissioners June 14.

Bursey’s sister, Kia Bursey, questioned the police account and wondered why officers approached the vehicle and what prompted them to shoot. Kia Bursey said her brother was pulling into the liquor store with his girlfriend and another friend when police drove up.

“You hear about these things all the time, but to have my only brother’s life taken in the hands of somebody who’s supposed to serve us – it has to stop,” Kia Bursey said. “Enough is enough.”

The LAPD’s investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Capt. Andy Neiman, a department spokesman, said that investigators had spoken with several witnesses and were reviewing video footage. The vehicle the officers were driving had a dashboard camera, he said.

Additional details about the deadly encounter, including why the officers stopped the car, have not been released. Like all LAPD shootings, the incident will also be reviewed by the Police Commission, its inspector general and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Beck said officers were patrolling the neighborhood in anticipation of one gang’s “hood day” -- an anniversary marking the gang’s founding that the chief said was “typically a very, very violent time for us.”

The man shot by police, Beck said, was a “documented gang member.”

“He may have been that, but that is not the role, that is not the title he carried,” Kia Bursey said. “He was a son. He was a father. He was a brother.”

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