Published: Thu, February 14, 2019

US Rapper Shot Dead By Six Police While Asleep In His Car

US Rapper Shot Dead By Six Police While Asleep In His Car

Police officers in California fatally shot a 21-year-old rapper who was sleeping in his vehicle outside a Taco Bell, authorities said.

Once other officers got to the scene, they said they elected to have an officer try to open the door and quickly take the gun while another officer covered him, but that plan fell apart after officers discovered the door was locked. "This was senseless", David Harrison, cousin of rapper Willie McCoy, tells the Guardian.

On Saturday night, Willie McCoy, aka Willie Bo, who performed with the group FBG was killed by California police while sitting in a silver Mercedes in the drive-through of the restaurant, The Daily Mail reports. Six officers shot him "fearing for their safety", the department said.

Police requested medical assistance and began lifesaving efforts however McCoy died at the scene. However, police said they noticed the auto was in drive, so they positioned a marked patrol vehicle right in front of the auto to prevent "forward or erratic movement" while they called for a patrol supervisor to respond to the scene. The rapper, also known as Willie Bo, was sleeping in his vehicle when police arrived on the scene on Saturday. Police said Monday the gun McCoy had was reported stolen in OR, though it's unclear how the rapper obtained it.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrate leave.

Authorities have not confirmed his identity and said the autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

"The police's job is to arrest people who are breaking the law - not take the law into your own hands", he said in an interview with The Guardian.

"No one trusts the police in Vallejo".

"You're not judge, jury and executioner".

"Police have a campaign of executing young black men who fit a certain profile", he added. "We want to make sure this never happens again to another person". He represents hip-hop music.

The family of a homeless man fatally shot by Oakland police in 2018 filed a lawsuit against the department last week, alleging excessive force.

McCoy's death is one of at least three fatal police shootings in the Bay Area in recent years in which police shot an armed man after trying to wake him up.

Taco Bell has acknowledged the incident and told the Daily Dot in an email that it is complying with the investigation.

"Any loss of life is a tragedy", Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou said of McCoy's killing.

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