Salamoni reportedly yelled at Sterling that he would shoot if Sterling moved. Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Sterling to the ground, but Lake didn't fire his gun.
But while declining to pursue charges in Sterling's death, federal authorities provided Sterling's family with new details about his death. "They said it was justifiable, what happened to Alton was justifiable".
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Baton Rouge officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake had good reason to believe Sterling, 37, was armed with a gun and was continuously resisting arrest.
Black Lives Matter activists announced Tuesday that they will hold rallies this week outside her office, and the local NAACP has asked the U.S. Justice Department to launch a federal investigation into the shooting.
"This decision was not taken lightly", Landry said.
Citing a toxicology report, Landry also said Sterling had illegal drugs in his system at the time of the confrontation. While everyone may not agree with the decision by the Louisiana Department of Justice, the process outlined by law was followed.
Landry did not take any questions from reporters.
Body camera and surveillance video haven't been released, but cellphone video of the encounter went viral. After meeting with investigators, Chris Stewart, the lead attorney for the Sterling family, told reporters that evidence shows that at the beginning of the interaction with Sterling, Officer Salamoni put his gun to Sterling's head, and said, "I'll kill you, b-".More news: India putting regional peace at stake, says Pak president
"These are the facts", Landry said.
Only a handful of people were at the Triple S Food Mart less than two hours after Attorney General Jeff Landry on Tuesday announced his decision in the investigation of Alton Sterling's death. "Officer Salamoni reported that he saw the gun coming out and attempted to grab it, but Sterling jerked away and attempted to grab the gun again".
After the shooting, the officers were placed on paid administrative leave.
Landry said the police officers "used verbal commands" and "several non-lethal techniques to gain control of Mr".
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore recused himself from any state criminal investigation into Sterling's death, citing his professional relationship with Salamoni's parents, who have served as police officers in Baton Rouge.
Landry said his office reviewed all of the evidence compiled by the Justice Department and also conducted its own interviews of eyewitnesses.
It was about 12:30 a.m. on July 5, 2016, when someone called Baton Rouge police to report that he was threatened by a man sitting outside the store in a red shirt who was selling CD's.
Baton Rouge's police department was also accused of allowing racism within the department, as officers referred to black people as "animals" and "heathens". A day after Sterling's death prompted outrage and protests, an officer in Minnesota shot and killed Philando Castile, a school cafeteria worker, during a traffic stop, the aftermath of which was streamed live on Facebook.