LAPD Officers Who Killed Homeless Man on Skid Row ID’d

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Toni Guinyard, KNBC-TV

The names of the sergeant and two officers who fired their weapons in the March 1 Skid Row shooting that killed a homeless man were released on Thursday.

Sgt. Chand Syed, an eight-year veteran of the force; Officer Francisco Martinez, a 12-year veteran; and Officer Daniel Torres, who has six years on the force, fired their weapons, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed.

Before this incident, none of them had ever fired their weapons on duty.

A rookie officer, who did not fire his weapon, will not be named.

Police said the suspect, Carly Keunang, 43, tried to grab that officer’s holstered pistol.

Keunang’s identity has been unknown since it emerged that he came to the United States more than 15 years ago using the stolen identity of a French citizen.

He was known on Skid Row as "Africa."

Keunang was fatally shot by LAPD officers on Skid Row, in an incident caught on cellphone video that prompted community outrage.

Keunang was a Cameroon national, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He served 15 years in federal prison under his assumed name for bank robbery before being paroled in April 2013.

He was initially to be deported, but France rejected travel papers after he was found to have false documentation. Cameroon reportedly ignored requests for travel papers to that country.

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