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Video Shows Police Officers Fatally Shooting Man They Say 'Executed' Girlfriend

Earnest Easterling was captured by security cameras gunning down his girlfriend after authorities arrived at the scene of a crash.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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A California man was gunned down late last month after fatally shooting his girlfriend in full view of deputies, recently released video shows.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office recently released surveillance footage of the Oct. 27 incident, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday, November 6. A man later identified as Earnest Easterling, 25, could be seen hitting and shoving a woman, later identified as his girlfriend, 23-year-old Chanell Brown, at one point yelling, “You got the police called on me. I didn’t do s--t.”

He later allegedly shoots her, in what authorities described as an execution, before deputies open fire, killing him.

Authorities responded to the area of Angelina Avenue in Carmichael at around 12:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a car colliding with a tree and a verbal altercation involving a man and a woman, the sheriff’s office said in a release issued last month and then re-released earlier this week.

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Witnesses reported seeing the man brandishing a gun as he and the woman argued, and they traveled back and forth from the site of the crash to an apartment complex nearby.

After deputies arrived, they began to approach the woman in front of the complex, but the man then walked briskly toward her and shot her multiple times; the three deputies who responded to the scene then fired, striking the shooter, according to authorities. First responders later pronounced both parties dead at the scene.

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Footage of the altercation and shooting published by the Sacramento Bee features commentary from sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Tess Deterding, who explained that, in the course of the incident, Easterling replaced the standard magazine in his handgun with a 50-round drum magazine before authorities arrived. When they got there, they instructed Brown to raise her hands, which she did, and told Easterling, who was standing in a doorway, to move; Easterling then allegedly rounded on Brown, shooting her down and prompting authorities to open fire in turn.

The shooting was shielded from the security camera by a fence, but Deterding described it as an execution.

“As the female victim moved away from the apartment, the suspect emerged and opened fire on the female victim, executing her in front of the deputies,” Deterding can be heard explaining in the video. “As the suspect emerged and began firing, all three deputies on scene fired their weapon at the male suspect immediately, attempting to stop him from killing the female victim.”

Both Brown and Easterling died on the scene. Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, the office said Wednesday.

Easterling, who legally purchased the gun he used to fatally shoot Brown, had previously been arrested in Nevada in 2016 on a number of charges, including possession of a concealed firearm and possession of a gun with an altered serial number, The Sacramento Bee reports.

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