Californian rapper killed by car shot dead by police about 25 times, lawyer says

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By Erik Ortiz

A young Californian was shot dead by police after finding him unexpectedly in his car, a gun on his lap, hit about 25 times. Bullets hit the center of her face and throat and ripped off part of her ear. the family said.

Oakland attorney, Melissa Nold, who said he examined Willie McCoy's body, 20 years old last week, told NBC News that he had also been injured on the shoulders, at the same time. chest and arm when meeting with six officers.

"Excess is a euphemism," Nold said of his injuries and the number of times he was hit.

Willie McCoy was shot dead by California police on February 9, 2019.Courtesy of David Harrison

The coroner's report was not published and the Vallejo police refused to comment further during an active investigation.

McCoy – a Bay Area rapper known by his stage name Willie Bo – was in the recording studio in recent days, said his family. They believe that he had gone to eat a tip at Taco Bell and was so exhausted that he fell asleep while waiting in the driving department.

Employees called the police around 10:30 am when they saw him slumped behind the wheel of the car with the engine running, the Vallejo police said in a statement last week.

Nold also questioned the officers' version of the events in which they said the doors of McCoy's Mercedes-Benz were locked when they first considered getting the rifle out of his lap before waking up.

Even though the doors were locked, the front passenger's side window was already broken and covered with a plastic sheet that could have been removed, said Nold. The video of McCoy's car being towed as a result of the scene shows plastic on the open window and several bullet holes in the windshield.

The police were blocking McCoy's car in the driving department so he did not make any sudden movements. When he woke up, the police said they had given him "several orders to raise their hands".

Rather than abide by it, police said he "had quickly moved his hands" towards the gun.

Six officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire in about four seconds, the police added.

"The officers continued to shout orders to the driver and finally managed to reach the vehicle through the driver's window glass," they said, before recovering McCoy's body for first aid. He died on the scene.

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