"According to Buzzfeed News, on Saturday night six Vallejo, California, police officers were called to Taco Bell to check out Willie James McCoy (aka Willie Bo), who was slumped over" inside a silver Mercedes-Benz. Police say they attempted to open the door but it was locked, and positioned vehicles in front and behind McCoy's auto as it was still in drive.
McCoy's cousin, David Harrison, told the Los Angeles Times that McCoy was an aspiring rapper and actor.
Police explained that upon arriving at the Taco Bell at 974 Admiral Callaghan Lane, two officers approached the vehicle and "noticed the driver was unresponsive and had a handgun on his lap".
Officers opened fire on Willie McCoy after they he moved "suddenly", and reached for the handgun in his lap. "The driver did not comply and instead moved his hands downward toward the firearm".
"Fearing for their safety, six officers fired their duty weapons at the driver", Vallejo Police said. The officers then continued shouting commands, before they finally removed Willie from the vehicle and rendered "medical assistance". Officials said the rapper had a weapon on him when they approached his vehicle in the drive-thru February 9, causing officers to fire out of "fear for their own safety".
He said: "The police's job is to arrest people who are breaking the law - not take the law into your own hands".
The gun recovered was fully loaded and reported stolen from OR, police said.
Authorities have not confirmed his identity and said the autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.
"It's a really big loss". "There's a lot of grieving going on, trying to make sense of this thing".
Vallejo police did not immediately identify the officers involved in the deadly shooting or how many shots were fired. 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.
"Police have a campaign of executing young black men who fit a certain profile", he added. He represents hip-hop music.
According to the Chronicle, Saturday's shooting was the third time in recent years that Bay Area police shot an armed man after trying to wake him up. They said the incident is under investigation.
The rapper's brother, Marc McCoy, spoke out about his sibling's death.