Cell phone video showing an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer firing his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy has been posted on Youtube. No one was shot during the incident, which resulted in the arrest of the 13-year-old and another teen, but not the unnamed officer.
You can watch the video above. A single shot is fired about the 2:30 mark of the video.
The teen has been identified by his family as Christian Dorscht, the Orange County Weekly reports.
Another video of the incident was posted to Facebook:
This is my video on what happened during the whole situation yesterday and the man was in the wrong for even pulling out his gun, like honestly I understand why he would think of showing it to get the kids off n away from him but taking it out and firing it was hella wrong he had no aim Im guessing it was accidental but He could've hurt one of us there.😡 this ain't right!
Police told KTLA-TV the incident occurred near the officer's home in Anaheim on Tuesday about 2:40 p.m. His home is located near Loara High School, Anaheim Police said, and several teens can be seen in the video with backpacks, apparently after leaving the school.
"The confrontation began over ongoing issues with juveniles walking across the officer's property," Anaheim Police said in a statement. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and police said the officer admitted to firing the gun. He was not charged, but the 13-year-old boy seen being grabbed by the officer and another 15-year-old boy were arrested.
The 13-year-old is facing charges of criminal threats and battery, the Orange County Register reports. The 15-year-old was charged with assault and battery, according to the newspaper.
The officer is accusing Christian of threatening to shoot him, but Christian's father, Johnny Dorscht, told the OC Weekly that his son actually said he was going to sue the officer, not shoot him.
"What I've been told is that my son told the off-duty cop, 'I'm going to sue you for hitting me. I'm a minor,'" Dorscht siad.
"We are aware of numerous videos being posted on YouTube and other internet sites. We cannot authenticate the validity of these videos as they were not recorded or posted by APD. However, they do appear to depict portions of the incident in question," Anaheim Police said in a statement.
The Los Angeles Police Department said it is also conducting a "concurrent/administrative investigation."
According to the Los Angeles Times, the case will be investigated by the Anaheim Police homicide division and the results will be forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
Christian's was released from juvenile detention on Wednesday. His mother, Alma Jimenez, took photos of Christian after he was released and gave those to the Weekly. The photos showred marks on her son’s neck and forehead. You can see the photos at the link below:
Christian's father told KTLA the officer was angry about a girl who cut across his lawn, and the boy came to her defense, starting the confrontation. He said the officer called the girl a "cunt" for walking on his lawn.
The boy says in the video, "He tried to hit me in my nuts. That’s like a little pussy move, punch a kid in the nuts."
In the video, the officer tells the boy that he is holding him because he has been resisting him.
"No, I wasn't. You tackled me first. I didn’t do anything to hurt you," the teen tells the officer. "All I said was, 'Respect the girl,' because you said, 'Get out of my property.'"
Dorscht told the OC Weekly his son hasn't been in trouble before, and that his stepfather is a police officer.
"I'm pretty pissed off about what happened," Dorscht says. "You could talk to anybody, my son has very good manners. He does good in school and isn't disrespectful or anything like that. "We're going to find legal representation and be suing. This is B.S. Even the cops, when they got there, they had all the kids down. They didn’t even go after the guy."
Protests broke out in the Anaheim neighborhood where the officer lives Wednesday night. Officers in riot gear were at the scene. The words "fuck pigs" were spray-painted on the garage of one of the homes.