Six California police officers shot and killed an aspiring rapper who was asleep inside his car in a Taco Bell drive-through, BuzzFeed News reports.
Law enforcement officials said they found an unresponsive Willie James McCoy in the driver seat of his car Saturday with a handgun on his lap after they were called to the eatery in Vallejo when employees said they saw a man “slumped over” in a vehicle.
“The two officers decided to hold their position and did not attempt to wake the driver,” police said in a statement. “Instead they decided to wait for additional officers to arrive on scene and ensure that people in the parking lot were safe and did not approach the vehicle.”
Vallejo police added that cops “noticed that the vehicle’s transmission was in drive” and that they attempted to open the driver’s side door once additional officers arrived, but were unsuccessful.
“The driver began to suddenly move and looked at the uniformed patrol officers,” officials said, according to BuzzFeed. “Officers gave the driver several commands to put his hands up. The driver did not comply and instead moved his hands
Six officers fired at McCoy, with one of them grabbing the gun through the broken glass following the shooting. Officers attempted CPR on him but he was declared dead at the scene.
David Harrison, who told the Los Angeles Times that he was McCoy’s cousin, said McCoy was an aspiring rapper and actor and would have been 21 years old next month.
“Willie was a good-hearted kid,” Harrison said. “He loved children. He was ambitious. There was no such things as friends for him. His friends were family.”
An emotional Harrison posted a video Sunday on Facebook and spoke about McCoy’s death.
“You can’t just keep killing us in the streets like this,” he said. “My little cousin was asleep in the car. They shot him 20 mother fu**ing times, in a mother fu**ing car asleep.”
The Solano County district attorney’s office is investigating the shooting.
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