Man with replica pistol killed by Huntington Beach police
A man shot and killed by a Huntington Beach police officer had pulled out what appeared to be a gun when confronted by police, authorities said.
Police were called about 4:30 p.m. Thursday to the 4900 block of Warner Avenue with a report of a man and woman arguing behind an Italian restaurant, said Lt. Mitchell O’Brien of the Huntington Beach Police Department.
The man was identified by authorities Friday as 20-year-old Ian Christopher Berrier.
The caller, according to O’Brien, told authorities the man claimed to have a handgun and was making threats.
When police arrived, the couple was seen walking through a nearby housing tract. O’Brien said an officer opened fire after he confronted the man, who pulled out what was later determined to be a “replica semiautomatic pistol.”
Berrier died at the scene. The woman was uninjured and in police custody.
The officer, whose identity was not released by authorities, was uninjured.
--Anthony Clark Carpio