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Reginald Doucet Jr.
  • Death date
  • Jan. 14, 2011

Reginald Doucet Jr., 25 [Update]

Reginald Doucet Jr., a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed by police Friday, Jan. 14, in the 5200 block of Crescent Park West in Playa Vista, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

The shooting occurred about 3:30 a.m. when two patrol officers responded to a disturbance call and found a naked man, later identified as Doucet, "yelling and behaving erratically," according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.

Police said the officers attempted to calm the agitated man and talked him into putting on his boxer shorts, but he ran when they tried to apprehend him. They approached Doucet again, but he ran once more.

"When the officers tried a third time to detain the suspect in the apartment complex doorway, the suspect immediately attacked both officers," the statement said. "The suspect repeatedly punched both officers in the face and head and at one point tried to take one of the officer's guns."

At that point, one of the officers, identified only as a male with 17 months in the department, shot Doucet twice, police said. He died at a hospital.

Doucet played defensive back at El Camino College and Middle Tennessee State University.

 Raised in Prunedale, Calif., he was a track and football star at North Monterey County High School, where he also played basketball, according to his biography from Middle Tennessee State.

Doucet played junior college football at El Camino College near Torrance before winning a scholarship to Middle Tennessee State. Doucet more recently worked as a personal fitness trainer and part-time model, said his neighbor and former agent, Chris Ellison. Doucet was single but has a daughter who is 3 or 4 years old. KTLA-TV (Channel 5) reported Doucet also worked as a model.

[Updated Dec. 23, 2011: LAPD officer justified in shooting naked man, commission rules]

-- Kim Christensen

KTLA Video: Hallf-naked man shot and killed by police

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