Media Spreads False Claims Cops Shot Rapper While He Slept At Drive-Thru

Willie McCoy reached for the loaded .40-caliber handgun in his lap before he was fatally shot by police on Saturday.

Vallejo, CA – The family of an aspiring rapper who reached for a stolen gun during an encounter with police in a Taco Bell drive-thru last Saturday night said that the man did nothing wrong, and that police had no reason to fire their weapons at him.

None of them were present during the shooting.

Willie McCoy, a 21-year-old rapper who goes by the name “Willie Bo,” was found slumped over his silver Mercedes in the fast-food restaurant parking lot by an employee at approximately 10:30 p.m., the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The Taco Bell worker called Vallejo police, who responded to the scene and tried to make contact with McCoy.

"Alright, car is locked, he is passed out. But the car is in drive. We need another unit," one of the officers said over the radio, according to KGO.

Police said that McCoy also had a loaded handgun sitting in his lap.

When McCoy began to stir, the officers ordered him to keep his hands where they could see them.

"The driver quickly reached for the handgun on his lap,” the department told KGO in a statement. “In fear for their own safety, the officers discharged their weapons at the driver."

Six officers discharged their weapons, firing an unknown number of rounds during the four seconds that followed, according to The Guardian.

McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“A loaded handgun was recovered from the vehicle,” the department said, according to KGO.

Investigators confirmed that the semiautomatic handgun in his lap was fully operational, and that it had been reported as stolen in Oregon, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The .40-caliber weapon was also equipped with an extended magazine, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Solano County Fatal Incident Protocol team is handling the ongoing investigation, KGO reported.

Taco Bell Corporation said it was “shocked and saddened” to hear about the officer-involved shooting, according to FOX News.

“The owner and operator of this location is working with the local authorities in their investigation and has offered counseling services to all team members present,” the company said. “Our thoughts are with the Vallejo community in this difficult time.”

McCoy’s brother, Marc McCoy, said that the officers should not have used deadly force during the encounter, and that the only thing McCoy was guilty of was being exhausted from all the touring he has been doing, KGO reported.

Marc, who admitted that McCoy has been arrested in the past, said the officers overreacted and should have expected McCoy to make sudden movements when he woke up.

“Then wake him up outta sleep!” Marc said. “Come on. If you wake up out your sleep, you’re gonna do any kinda movement or, you know, just to wake up or whatever. That can be a threatening movement just waking up to these scary police out here.”

Marc said that the officers should have attempted to de-escalate the situation.

“There was no attempt to try to work out a peaceful solution,” he told The Guardian. “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.”

"I'm outraged! This community is outraged!" McCoy's cousin, David Harrison, told KGO. "He's not robbing Taco Bell. He is in the drive-thru trying to get something to eat!"

Harrison alleged that the officers “profiled” and “targeted” McCoy.

“No one trusts the police in Vallejo,” he told The Guardian. “We are being targeted...Police have a campaign of executing young black men who fit a certain profile. Willie dressed the part. He represents hip-hop music. They are profiled.”

Harrison also posted a video to Facebook after the shooting, warning children in the neighborhood about the danger of law enforcement officers.

“Police is not your f--king friend,” he said in the video. “They’re not there to serve and protect. They here to control and patrol, man. They wanna control you.”

Harrison then rose to his feet, and blew mucus out of his nose onto the sidewalk, the video showed.

He urged young people to listen to their parents, and said they were trying to prevent them from being killed by police. He also told parents not to “provoke” their kids.

Marc said that the officers shot McCoy due to a lack of respect for black people, The Guardian reported.

“Police are trained to shoot first and hurt you first,” he declared. “They do not respect black people. Even when they have a person subdued and their life is not in danger, they continue to be blatantly physically disrespectful. That is just accepted in America.”

McCoy’s family said they are planning on opening their own investigation into the officer-involved shooting, according to KGO.

“It’s a really big loss. Really, really unexpected,” Harrison told the San Francisco Chronicle. “There’s a lot of grieving going on, trying to make sense of this thing.”

The family wants the officers involved in the altercation to be criminally charged, The Guardian reported.

“We cannot fathom why they would have to shoot him. This was senseless…shooting a man sleeping in his car,” Harrison railed. “We want to make sure this never happens again to another person.”

“It’s going to continue to happen until we make these mother--kers pay!” he said in the Facebook video. “They gotta pay for this s--t. This s--t ain’t free. Can’t just keep killin’ us in the street like this.”

“We at war,” he declared. “It’s these mother--kin' pigs is your f--kin' enemy!”

Many news outlets, such as NowThis News, posted blatantly false claims that McCoy was shot while he was sleeping. Other news outlets used true but misleading headlines that he was shot after he was found sleeping without mentioning that he was also shot after waking up and reaching for a stolen gun. Other news stations reported he was sleeping in his car without offering any timeline.

Comments (20)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Waiting for the family to bring out the photos of this punk as an innocent (?) child or his graduation photo (if he did graduate). Touring what? The locations of his drug dealers? All the places where his children are living with their mothers? Funny how knowledgeable the people are who weren't even there when the incident took place. Also funny how a lot of these people are "aspiring rappers".

JBo
JBo

Yeah...that's what I always do when I'm asleep in the drive through and wake up...I reach for my stolen gun that's in my lap.

LEO0301
LEO0301

What a huge surprise! The media distorting the facts is nothing new. They love to interview people who weren't present and presenting it as fact. Honestly, the biggest danger to this country comes from a lying MSM. The only thing missing from this story are pictures of the deceased when he was 10 years old and then in his high school graduation cap and gown. It's just a matter of time before we hear from that AIDS infected POS Al Sharpton.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

This is a required procedure in the process of getting the free thug lottery ticket from the city! After all, the city's insurance pays, and the thug rapper din' donuff'n

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Willy Boy must have been trying to order one seriously dangerous burrito and hot sauce.

4Blue
4Blue

Did they do a drug test on victim or did I miss something in the article?

Grog
Grog

To the family I say, go "F" yourselves! ===[“We at war,” he declared. “It’s these mother--kin' pigs is your f--kin' enemy!”]=== Well, keep reaching for guns and keep getting capped!

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

LITTLE BOYS SHOULD NOT SIT IN A CAR..IN TACO BELL'S DRIVE THRU... WITH A LOADED, FULLY OPERATIONAL WEAPON IN THEIR LAP.....DIDN'T HIS MAMA EVER TEACH HIM THAT????? WOW NOT SURPRISED....IT'S EASIER TO BLAME THE LEO's WHO PROTECTED THEMSELVES AND THE COMMUNITY THAN TO ADMIT THAT THIS LITTLE RAPPER WAS IN THE WRONG!!!!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Fuck the media and fuck this guys family. Simple as that. Just like them to not own up to what their family member has done. It’s always someone else’s fault. Fuckin pathetic. Try and make honest money, not piggybacking off of your dead family members story.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

I'm surprised the guy behind Willie Bo wasn't honking the horn for him to get his order and get the heck out of the way! I know I'd of shot him for holding me up that long and I don't carry extended mags. I just carry a lot of regular high capacity ones!

Ezio
Ezio

So, the family of this thug is trying to score some coin off his death. Gee, what else is new. I guess the parenting lesson is, raise your child to be a thug because plan B is to try and get wealthy through his mistake of playing gunfight at the O-K Corral with the police.

2bears
2bears

Bitch boy harrison is looking for the typical thug payday, they don't give a shite about the DEAD family member, just the payout !

2bears
2bears

He was so tired he fell asleep with the car in gear and his foot on the brake, with a pistol in his crotch. Dickheads dope kicked in THE END ! No amount of narcan will bring willie bitch back !

Caprice56
Caprice56

Let’s see. He’s passed out behind the wheel of a car that’s still in drive. He has a loaded stolen gun in his lap. He wakes up and reaches for the gun, but the police were suppose to know he wasn’t dangerous? Sorry. Too many officers ambushed to trust anyone. Glad they are safe.

CrowWingKid
CrowWingKid

Bravo to the All the Officers involved for the “rapid de-escalation” of this armed criminal. You Saved Lives and Protected Everyone in Your Community! Sincerely Hope all the hate speech and terroristic threats from lil bro and BLM don’t deter You from Knowing that You are Professionals and Heroes. We Salate You!