Six police officers have shot dead a man they found asleep in his vehicle with a gun on his lap, authorities in California said. "They shot him 20 mother f*cking times, in a mother f*cking auto asleep".
Image copyright David Harrison/Facebook Image caption Willie McCoy (left) and his cousin David Harrison What does the family say?
Willie McCoy, a local rapper known as Willie Bo, was in a vehicle in a Taco Bell drive-thru in Vallejo when he was killed by police officers responding to the scene about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, KTVU reported. "The officers told the driver to keep his hands visible; however, the driver quickly reached for the handgun on his lap".
"Fearing for their safety, six officers fired their duty weapons at the driver", Vallejo Police said. McCoy died on the scene after he was reportedly given medical assistance.
The Vallejo Police Department and Solano County District Attorney's Office say they have launched a "thorough and in-depth" investigation into the Saturday night shooting.
They added that the response of the police officers was unjustified.
The outlets notes that it has been reported that all six officers who were investigating the crime fired shots, but there is now no word on how many shots hit McCoy.
"It's a really big loss".
"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. "There's a lot of grieving going on, trying to make sense of this thing".
Authorities have not confirmed his identity and said the autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.
Last August, the Vallejo Police Department defended its officers' actions after a video circulated online showing one officer straddling a man on the ground while a second officer strikes him with a flashlight. Speaking with The Guardian on Wednesday, McCoy's accused police of racial profiling and acting as "judge, jury, and executioner" against a man who had been sleeping in his vehicle. He represents hip-hop music. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, McCoy's death is one of three deadly police shootings in the Bay Area in recent years in which officers shot an armed man after trying to rouse him.
Taco Bell has acknowledged the incident and told the Daily Dot in an email that it is complying with the investigation.