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California Chief Clarifies Water-Nozzle Shooting

March 15, 2011  | 

The accounts given by Long Beach (Calif.) Police officers are consistent with autopsy results in the officer-involved shooting of a man who pointed a water nozzle at officers, Chief Jim McDonnell announced.

Douglas Zerby, 35, was fatally shot Dec. 12, when he pointed the nozzle at officers who responded to a neighbor's 911 call of a man with a gun on a porch landing.

Zerby was hit 12 times with shotgun pellets and bullets from a handgun and was grazed three times, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Shot California Man Pointed Water Nozzle at Officers

Comments (3)

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mini28 @ 3/15/2011 6:38 PM

Looks like an old Browning model 1922 .32 acp to me. At a distance it would be easy to see it that way. I hate to see a loss of life but at least our brothers are going home to their families.

Michael @ 3/16/2011 6:00 PM

In a split second, none of us would have waited. This resembles a weapon to me and if its pointed at me, I would shoot too. It is sad to see a life end over this, but this is one of those cases where we have no choice. Hope the officers put this in the right prospective.......its a crappy thing.

Laura @ 3/17/2011 5:20 PM

Blood Alcohol 0.42 and to add the combo of drugs! He certainly was not in his right mind. The officers did the right thing. To have second guessed if it had of been a gun one of the officers might not have went home that night.

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