A man shot by police outside of a Huntington Beach Seven Eleven on Friday morning has been confirmed to be a 27-year-old Navy veteran according to his mother. Bystanders caught the shooting on video which started with a Huntington Beach police officer approaching 27-year-old Dillan Tabares and a scuffle ensued. The video shows the two wrestling on the curb in front of the store when Tabares reaches over to the officer's waist and pulls something off of his belt, apparently a pistol magazine. The officer reacts by pulling away, drawing his firearm and shooting Tabares 7 times who stumbles before collapsing.
Saturday, a new video emerged showing the moments leading up to Dillan Taberas death. Taberas approaches the officer with hostility backing him into a corner before trying to punch him. (GRAPHIC)
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The 27-year-old died at the hospital. Tiffany Tabares says her son was a Navy veteran who suffered from mental health issues and she wants to know the truth about what happened. "I don’t know what happened in the very beginning," Tabares' mother said. "I wish I had a full video of everything that happened, as painful as it is to watch. I just want to know what happened. I want to know what the truth is. I don’t have an agenda of, you know, ‘Cops are horrible.’ I respect them, I appreciate them. I just think that mistakes were made and I don’t think my kid needed to be shot seven times."
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Tabares' mother even had compassionate words for the officer who shot and killed her son, "I truly, truly hope that the officer isn’t horrified by what did, but then, I don’t know, I just hope he’s not ruined for his days too because I don’t know you can go through something like that and not have it be extremely traumatic for him."
A look back into Dillan Tabares' Facebook profile reveals some strange posts and possibly anti-police sediment:
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The Huntington Beach police chief has publicly defended the officers actions.
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I was extremely disturbed when I watched this video, as I always am when I witness a police officer Murder an unarmed suspect in cold blood. If your a police officer and you don't have the stones to handle a little scuffle without losing your cool and robbing a disturbed individual of a full life, then you have no business being a cop. It seems to me there are too many officers on the streets that have no respect or appreciation for human life. A man only gets one life and he deserved a chance to work through his issues and live a full and fruitful life. This man risked his life in defense of our country and I feel he deserved better than this. He clearly posed no threat after getting up, never lifted his hands, and never moved toward the officer. Again this was flat out cold blooded murder and this officer deserves to pay for his crime, but just like every other case similar to this I have seen in the past year or so, there will be no repercussions for this officer. I can almost guarantee if charges are brought, it will end in acquittal for this officer who is no better than the criminals he has sworn to protect us from. I only pray there's justice in the next place and his judgement day comes, if there is such a thing. To top it off, the mother is praying for the officer. Well so am I, but not for the same reason. In conclusion I would like to say I appreciate the work most officers do to protect and serve. I also recognize they have a dangerous job and that having law enforcement officers is a necessity in society, but in recent years the mentality of protect and serve seems to have been forgotten, and officers maintain an us versus them mentality. Things cannot continue to go on this way. Somethings got to change..