"'He tried to get out to save his life," said his mother, Tawana Henderson. "When he opened the hotel door to run out, the police opened fire and killed him."
As you can see in this clip, the police initially reported the innocent hostage was armed and fired on police. A witness, who did not want to be identified, said he was watching everything take place and the man was not armed. Contradicting the police's story at the time, he said, "I didn't see a gun, I didn't see anything. The cops opened up probably 10 to 15 rounds on him."
The police eventually realized the "gunman" they unloaded on was an innocent hostage and they acknowledged he was unarmed. The three cops who shot the innocent 19-year-old were placed on "paid administrative leave" while the police conduct an "investigation" of themselves.
Cops Shoot & Kill Hostage in Motel Standoff