WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- California police officers fatally shot a man who was found sleeping inside his car outside a Taco Bell restaurant.
- Authorities identified the victim as Willie McCoy, a 20-year-old local rapper known to the community as Willie Bo.
- McCoy’s family hired a lawyer and demanded to release the body camera footage of all six officers involved in the shooting.
A local California rapper was fatally shot by the police after he was found sleeping in a car at a Taco Bell drive-thru. The man was identified as 20-year-old Willie McCoy, also known as Willie Bo.
According to authorities, Taco Bell employees called 911 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday to report a man slumped over in a car’s driver’s seat in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane. The Vallejo Police officers who responded found the man still asleep with a handgun in his lap.
In the statement, the police said the officers waited for backup but noticed the car door was locked and the transmission was in drive.
When McCoy “suddenly” woke up and saw the police, he allegedly reached for the handgun that’s why the officers opened fire out of “fear for their own safety.”
McCoy’s family has hired a lawyer to investigate the use of deadly force.
According to Willie’s older brother, Marc McCoy, “There was no attempt to try to work out a peaceful solution.”
“The police’s job is to arrest people who are breaking the law – not take the law into your own hands. You’re not judge, jury and executioner,” he told The Guardian.
The Vallejo Police Department statement said that the officers ordered McCoy to put his hands up, but he “quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm.”
After “multiple rounds” were shot, the officers removed him from the vehicle and provided medical assistance, but McCoy eventually died at the scene.
Authorities say they are reviewing officer body camera footage and investigating the shooting with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. The department also said that an autopsy will be made to check how many times McCoy was shot in a span of four seconds. All six officers involved are on administrative leave.
“It’s a really big loss, really, really unexpected,” David Harrison, McCoy’s cousin told the Chronicle. “There’s a lot of grieving going on, trying to make sense of this thing.”
Source: USA Today