Two LA Police Officers Shoot Armed Man 33 Times

28-year-old Nicholas Robertson walked down a busy street with a gun, prompting police to open fire.
1:41 | 12/15/15

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In other news tonight, we turn now to a deadly police shooting in Los Angeles, fresh off the controversy in industry. Some images of deadly confrontations there not released for more than a year. Well, tonight, California authorities wasting no time releasing video from over the weekend. 33 rounds fired at the suspect, as the armed suspect appears to crawl away. They say he refused to drop his weapon, and ABC's Ryan Owens with the sheriff tonight on why they released this tape so quickly. Reporter: Two Los Angeles county sheriff's deputies unleash 33 rounds at a man armed with a gun. Most fired when he's already on the ground. Here's 28-year-old Nicholas Robertson moments before the shooting. Walking down a busy street with his gun, late Saturday morning. He has a gun shooting straight in the air. Reporter: The responding deputies repeatedly tell him to put the gun down, but that he refused. And as Robertson walks toward a crowded gas station, they shooted. Once he's on the ground, they keep firing. In response to the family and a few protesters, the sheriff here released this freeze frame. It shows Robertson still had that gun in his hand, even when he was on the ground. Still a threat, says the sheriff. Felt that, you know, in the spirit of transparency, that the public had a right to know what we knew at that stage. Reporter: Releasing evidence like this in the middle of an ongoing investigation is risky business and the sheriff knows it, but he believes seeing that man on the ground, still with his gun in his hand may just change everything here. David? Ryan Owens with us tonight. Ryan, thank you.

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