Officers arrived to find the man in the sand, south of the beach’s pier, HBPD said, near where the six-day surfing competition was taking place.
The man was “non-compliant to the multiple commands given and an officer involved shooting occurred,” the release said.
“Some people were running. Everyone was looking around, like, what’s going on, was it fireworks, was it a gunshots? Like, no one really knew.”
“Then there were people on the ground, which made more people drop to the ground. So, it’s kind of an intense situation,” Turner said.
Police rendered lifesaving measures at the scene and the man was transported to an area hospital where he died, according to HBPD.
A gun was discovered at the shooting scene, police said.
Per department protocol, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will lead the officer-involved shooting investigation, according to HBPD.