BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - New details have been released about the Baton Rouge police officers' version of what happened the night they shot and killed Alton Sterling outside the Triple S store.
Police filed an affidavit for a search warrant at the courthouse Monday afternoon. It details what officers claim happened and it explains how surveillance video was seized by officers that night.
It reads, in part:
The officers contacted the subject [Sterling] and gave him direct orders to place his hands on the hood of a nearby vehicle. The subject did not comply with the officer's commands and the officer's physical attempted (sic) to restrain the subject and deployed their BRPD issued tasers. While the officers were attempting to subdue the subject the officers observed the butt of a gun in the subject's front pants pocket. When the subject attempted to reach for the gun from his pocket the officers fired their police issued duty weapons at the subject to stop the threat. The subject was shot multiple times and did not survive his injuries.
Witness cell phone video shows an officer into Sterling's chest at point-blank range.
The affidavit also said July 5 at around 5 a.m., officers confiscated the store's surveillance video. What it shows still has not been released, and it is currently in the possession of the U.S. Justice Department.
The owner of the Triple S store has filed a lawsuit against Baton Rouge police, the Baton Rouge police chief and the city of Baton Rouge over what he calls wrongful detainment and illegal search and seizure of its premises.
In the lawsuit, the store owner claims that Baton Rouge police put him in the back of a police car and would not let him go back into his store to secure it for several hours while the investigation was underway.