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Dijon Kizzee biography: 13 things about black bicyclist Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot

Dijon Kizzee was an African-American man who died at 3:16 p.m. on August 31, 2020. He was fatally shot by two deputies from Los Angeles County Sheriff Department in Los Angeles, California, United States.

That day, Kizzee was riding a bicycle near West 109th Place and South Budlong Avenue in Westmont, Los Angeles. He dropped his bicycle and ran away after seeing a sheriff’s cruiser making a U-turn and heading toward him.

The two deputies, who were trying to stop Kizzee for an unspecified vehicle code violation, caught up with him a few blocks away. There, he punched one of them in the face, they alleged.

“After he punched the deputy, he dropped a jacket at which time a black semi-automatic handgun fell to the ground,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “The suspect made a motion toward the firearm, it was at that time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

While Kizzee was lying on the ground after being shot 20 times by the two deputies, four cops approached him and handcuffed him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eyewitness Timothy Ingram, born in 1968, told ABC News that Kizzee had his hands up when he was shot by the two deputies, who continued to shoot after he was down. The eyewitness added that the African-American man’s body was left in the street until September 1, 2020 at around 1 a.m.

Kizzee was dressed in a white tank-top and pants when he was fatally shot. Here are 13 more facts about him:

 

  1. He was born in 1989 in South Los Angeles. He was also raised there, a place where many gang shootings were happening. To escape the violence in the area, he eventually moved to the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles with his mother and younger brother.
  2. He loved  riding bicycles, mini motorcycles and anything with wheels, his uncle Anthony Johnson, who lives in Palmdale, California, told the Los Angeles Times. His paternal grandmother Etta Clark, who lives in Lancaster, also told the publication that he was “always very kind, always a loving child” and “very respectful” to her.
  3. His paternal uncle Aaron “Pro” Clark is a hip-hop artist.
  4. As a young boy, he loved building go-karts.
  5. “He was never a bad person,” his aunt Fletcher Fair told USA Today.
  6. In 2011, his mother died due to health issues.
  7. His incarcerated father Edwin Clark regularly communicated with him.
  8. He was convicted for various crimes in Los Angeles and Kern County, California. Between 2016 and 2019, he served served two terms in state prison totaling more than a year. Among the charges he faced included evading or attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly and possession of a firearm by a felon or addict.
  9. He received his high school diploma in the Los Angeles County jail system.
  10. From Los Angeles, he moved to Lancaster, California.
  11. He was in a relationship with Jonetta Ewing.
  12. He was a plumber, who was unemployed during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  13. He died from gunshot wounds, the medical examiner announced on September 3, 2020.

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