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A man shot dead by police in Vallejo near San Francisco was kneeling and raising his hands when police opened fire, it has been reported.

A man shot dead by police in Vallejo near San Francisco was kneeling and raising his hands when police opened fire, it has been reported.

Sean Monterossa, 22, was fatally wounded outside a Walgreens store by a veteran police officer on Tuesday night.

Police claimed they were responding to reports of looting at the store, amid the ongoing US protests over the death of African-American man Floyd George during  an arrest last week.

Police Chief Shawny Williams said that Mr Monterossa had knelt and had raised his hands to chest level, the LA Times reported.

This revealed a hammer tucked into his sweatshirt pocket.

However, one officer allegedly assumed it was the butt of a handgun and opened fire through his own windshield.

Mr Monterossa was struck by one of the five bullets fired and died in hospital.

Attorney John Burris, who is on retainer for Mr Monterossa's family, said it was an "outrageous shooting".

"The officer's life was not in danger," he said.

"He went down voluntarily to his knees and was in the process of putting his hands up when the officer saw what he said appeared to be a gun and shot him. The officer was not out of the car, Shawn was not chasing him, not threatening him."

An investigation is underway.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/shawn-monterossa-vallejo-police-shooting-usa-was-kneeling-raising-hands-reports-say/bd11ae87-b104-4934-b5ef-35eccf15b6d0

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