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Kurt Andras Reinhold biography: 13 things about ex-Nissan car sales associate in California

Kurt Andras Reinhold was an African-American man. In the afternoon of September 23, 2020, he was blocking traffic as he was jaywalking on El Camino Real in San Clemente, Orange County, California, United States, NBC Los Angeles quoted witnesses as saying.

A woman told NBC Los Angeles that Reinhold approached her flower stand and told her he was hungry so she gave him money. Melinda Steinmetz told the Orange County Register, “He went to the flower store and asked for money because he was hungry then he went to get something to eat and the next thing we knew, he was dead in the street.”

At about 1:12 pm, with the city’s homeless outreach team, two Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies with no body cameras were on patrol at El Camino Real and Avenida San Gabriel in front of the Hotel Miramar in San Clemente. They tried to make contact with Reinhold.

“Stop touching me!” Reinhold shouted and pushed away the hand of one of the deputies who ordered him to sit on the curb. Reinhold asked, “For what?”

“Because I’m telling you to,” the deputy replied. As Reinhold tried to cross the street, the two deputies tried to stop him, which led to an altercation between the three.

Reinhold tried to reach for a gun from the holster of a deputy and one of the deputies fired at him twice, according to the Orange County Sheriff Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The day Reinhold died was the same day a grand jury decision absolved the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in Breonna Taylor‘s death. Here are 13 more facts about him:

  1. He lived in various parts of Georgia, USA including Atlanta, Austell and Lithia Springs.
  2. He lived in Los Angeles, California.
  3. He worked as a Nissan car sales associate in Ladera Heights, California.
  4. He was a bodybuilder.
  5. In 2008, he married Latoya Reinhold. They have a son and a daughter.
  6. Latoya gave birth to their son in 2012.
  7. Latoya gave birth to their daughter in 2013.
  8. He suffered from an unspecified mental illness that led to intermittent homelessness.
  9. He was an educated man who struggled with mental illness that severely impacted his life, Los Angeles activist Najee Ali told the Los Angeles Times.
  10. In August 2020, he went to San Clemente, California. Members of the city’s homeless outreach team tried to offer him homeless services several times.
  11. On September 23, 2020, two Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies attacked him when he tripped, eyewitness Nancy Jarvis told NBC Los Angeles. She said, “He reached for the officer’s gun and then that’s when the shots were fired.”
  12. He was homeless when he died on September 23, 2020.
  13. He died at the age of 42.

(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)

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