At 5:13 AM on February 9, 1968, the decedent was surprised by the police after attempting to break into a cleaning store on Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles, California.
After the police tried to arrest him, he ran off and hid in a trash barrel. The police ordered the man to come out, but he jumped out and attempted to climb a fence. The two officers fired their guns at the man, killing him.
Due to the fact that racism was highly tolerated at this time, the officers were never charged with their death. The investigation has revealed that the decedent may have gone by the name Randolph Houser.