(AllHipHop News) Bay Area resident Willie "Willie Bo" McCoy was reportedly shot at 25 times by six Vallejo Police officers on February 9. Body-cam footage of the fatal incident has now been released.
A Taco Bell employee called 9-1-1 to report an unresponsive person in a car outside the restaurant's drive-thru window. Police arrived on the scene to find McCoy asleep in the Mercedes-Benz with a firearm on his lap.
In the body-cam video, one officer can be heard saying: “I’m going to pull him out and snatch his ass.” After the officers realized the gun did not have a magazine in it, they stated: “He’s only got one shot if he shoots" and “If he reaches for it, you know what to do.”
At one point, McCoy began scratching his shoulder and leaned his body forward. All six officers then started firing into the vehicle. The victim was shot in the face, throat, shoulders, chest, and arm. The 20-year-old rising rapper died at the scene.
The Vallejo Police Department claimed the officers fired off the multiple rounds in four seconds because they feared for their safety after given McCoy commands to put his hands up. Friends and family members of Willie Bo insisted the officers acted with unnecessary excessive force.
“There was no attempt to try to work out a peaceful solution,” said Marc McCoy, Willie’s older brother. “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.”
Willie Bo's family believe the police should have handled the situation like a medical emergency. They are planning to file a civil rights lawsuit against the officers and the police department.
The VPD and the Solano County District Attorney's Office are investigating the incident. The involved officers were placed on administrative leave, but all six officers have returned to full duty. They have been identified as Collin Eaton, Bryan Glick, Jordon Patzer, Anthony Romero-Cano, Mark Thompson, and Ryan McMahon.
McMahon was also involved in a fatal shooting of an unarmed man in 2018, and he is the subject of an ongoing excessive force lawsuit. Thompson was sued in 2013 for police brutality, and he was named in an excessive force complaint filed last year.