Willie James McCoy: Photos, Full Story & Must-See Details

Willie James McCoy has been identified as the 20-year-old aspiring rapper who was killed after six police officers opened fire at him while he was asleep in the driver’s seat of his car on Saturday, February 9.


What Happened?

According to police, Vallejo Police Department officers were responding to a report from Taco Bell employees that a man was “slumped over” in the driver’s seat of Mercedes-Benz. As police approached the vehicle — which was locked and in drive — they say they spotted a gun on McCoy’s lap.

The Los Angeles Times reports that police say after “some time”, McCoy moved, which prompted officers to command him to keep his hands visible. However, despite this command, police say that McCoy allegedly reached for the gun and the officers returned fire out of fear for their safety.

Following the shooting, McCoy received medical treatment but was eventually pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not confirmed how many times McCoy was shot.

Police say that a firearm — 40 caliber handgun with an extended magazine — was recovered at the scene.

You can read the Vallejo Police Department’s full statement and their account of the shooting here.


The Aftermath

McCoy’s family and relatives have since disputed the Vallejo Police Department’s version of events, saying that the shooting death of Willie was driven by racism, as the Vallejo Police Department is “the most racist police department in the world”, according to the boy’s uncle, 48-year-old David Harrison said.

“You can’t just keep killing us in the street like this. My cousin was asleep in the car and they shot him … 20… times,” Harrison said in a Facebook video.

At this time, officials say that the Solano County District Attorney’s office is leading the investigation into the shooting.

That is all the information that is available at this time. This article will be updated with new and relevant information should it become available. If there is anything that we missed, please feel free to send an email to [email protected]

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