The Coroner’s Office Saturday confirmed that it was a former honor student from Woodland Hills who was shot to death by a Long Beach Police Officer, after acting bizarrely, jumping out a second-floor window and threatening the officer.
Feras Morad, 20, was killed, according to the Coroner’s Office, after what police said appeared to be a violent drug episode.
Morad had been a nationally ranked debater who was set to attend Long Beach State University, a friend told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
The shooting was at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 4600 block of East 15th Street, near Pacific Coast Highway, the Long Beach Police Department reported.
An officer was sent to the scene to help Long Beach Fire Department paramedics with Morad, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was acting erratically before jumping out of the window of a second-story apartment, police said.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that prior to police or fire personnel’s arrival, the suspect was acting erratically and got into a physical altercation with his friends that lasted approximately 10 minutes,” according to a police statement.
“While they tried to restrain him, he broke loose and jumped through the glass of a second-story window.”
An officer arrived and saw three people in an alley and as he began to exit his patrol vehicle, one of the three began to walk quickly in the officer’s direction, according to the LBPD.
“He appeared to have a large cut on his body and was covered with blood,” police said.
The officer told the suspect that he was there to get the man medical help, but the man walked toward the officer, ignoring a command to stop so he could be treated.
“The suspect advanced more rapidly toward the officer who perceived the suspect was now a threat and (was) going to assault him,” according to the police statement.
“During the next few minutes, the officer utilized verbal commands, an electronic control device, an impact weapon and physical force to gain compliance but was unsuccessful.
“Ultimately, the suspect again advanced toward the officer, telling the officer he was going to attack him. At that time, an officer involved shooting occurred.” Morad was taken into custody and paramedics began life-saving measures before taking him to a hospital, where he later was pronounced dead, police said. Kamiran Dadah, 20, who was with Feras the night he was shot, told the Press-Telegram the young man was a 2013 graduate of El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills and had attended Moorpark College in Ventura County, where he earned a 3.9 GPA.
Feras chose to transfer to Long Beach State to save money after being accepted into both UCLA and UC Berkeley, Dadah told the newspaper.
—City News Service
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