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A homeless man controversially shot dead by police in Los Angeles was from Cameroon, and had stolen the identity of a Frenchman, US and French officials said Wednesday. The LA Times had initially identified the victim -- killed Sunday in a shooting caught on a video which went viral -- as Charley Robinet, saying he was French, but the French foreign ministry denied this. On Wednesday the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said it had determined he was Cameroonian. LA Police Department (LAPD) chief Charlie Beck defended the four officers involved, saying they opened fire after the man -- identified by other homeless people on LA's Skid Row as "Africa" -- grabbed for one of their guns.