VIDEO: Bodycam Released Of Rapper 'Shot While Sleeping,' Shows He Was Awake

Willie McCoy reached for the handgun in his lap during a confrontation with Vallejo police on Feb. 9.

Vallejo, CA – The Vallejo Police Department (VPD) has released bodycam footage that captured the moment that a previously unresponsive man reached for a handgun on his lap as officers tried to speak with him in a Taco Bell drive-thru (video below).

Willie McCoy, a 21-year-old rapper who went by the name “Willie Bo,” was found slumped over in his silver Mercedes in the fast-food restaurant parking lot by an employee at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The Taco Bell worker called 911, and Vallejo police responded to the scene to try to make contact with McCoy.

They located the vehicle sitting in the entrance of the drive-thru, and spotted a handgun lying in the unresponsive male driver’s lap, police said in the video release.

The officer who noticed the weapon alerted his partner, and covered McCoy with his duty weapon.

“There’ a gun in his lap,” he said. “See it?”

The officer noted that the door appeared to be open, and devised a plan to gain control of the weapon.

“I’m gonna pull him out and snatch his -ss,” he said, as his partner moved to the front of the suspect's vehicle to cover him.

The officer initially believed that the magazine in McCoy’s handgun was not fully seated, and told other officers at the scene that the suspect would only have “one shot,” assuming a round was in the chamber.

Police later discovered that the fully-loaded gun was actually equipped with an extended magazine, but because it extended past the grip, it gave the same appearance as an unseated standard magazine.

“I’m gonna go in there, I’m gonna grab that gun,” another officer said. “If he reaches for it, you know what to do.”

The officers tried to remove the weapon from McCoy’s lap without disturbing him, but discovered that the car doors were locked.

"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.

The officers then began to pin McCoy’s vehicle in place by parking patrol vehicles in front of and behind it.

McCoy suddenly began to move, and reached his right arm up to his left shoulder, bodycam footage showed.

Officers then ordered him to show his hands, but McCoy bent forward at the waist and reached for the weapon, police said.

That’s when the officers opened fire through the windows of the suspect’s vehicle.

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

The officers pulled McCoy out of the vehicle and began delivering lifesaving aid, but he died at the scene.

Police later confirmed that the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun in McCoy’s lap was fully operational, and that it had been reported as stolen in Oregon, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The six officers involved in the altercation were placed on administrative leave, but have since been returned to full duty, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The district attorney’s office is still investigating the officers’ use of force.

Meanwhile, McCoy’s family has filed a wrongful death claim against the city.

His 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 had 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.

You can watch bodycam footage below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (52)
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ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Yeah scratching your arm is fully awake...

JBo
JBo

Yeah...every time I wake up from going to sleep in the drive thru, first thing I do is reach for my gun.

KMdale
KMdale

Thank you to Blue Lives Matter for presenting both sides of the controversy, even if one side is unreasonable and Illogical. This long list of unlawful acts: Possession of a stolen firearm; Open carry in CA; Extended capacity magazine (in CA); Loaded firearm in a vehicle; again proves criminals don't care about laws.

stupidisasstupiddoes
stupidisasstupiddoes

Yeah. Sleeping in the middle of the drive thru with your car in drive, a fully loaded stolen gun with an extended magazine in California is fully woke.............

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

No more Chalupa's for you.

UhO5O
UhO5O

No logical person possessing a firearm is going to allow an unknown individual pull a firearm out on them. Smart/safe/alive doesn't work like that. I don't care how good they rap! Cuz like seriously when the mess gets for real real and you are standing there with your weapon holstered talking bout peace, love and understanding I am going to tell you to get you crazy as crap butt back in your cruiser and go swing in the park! I don't care what all the peace love and understanding people say if they were in the same position they would have wanted to go home too and responded by shooting first. I am very thankful none of the officers involved were hurt physically. I pray the young man's family wakes up and instead of preaching hate they begin to preach the truth.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Should have blocked his car in and woken him up from a safe distance behind cover. This was set up to give the police an excuse to shoot. Also, have to wonder if the car really was in drive. That said, Willie McCoy acted real stupid.

Trefflek
Trefflek

The kid was clearly an armed criminal. However, this could have gone much better than this. The guy was sleeping and the best the cops could come up with is block him in, wake him up and shoot him if he moves. 🤦🏽‍♂️ Really...They had no better options to try and deescalate. I bet money he was just trying to hide the gun, but we will never know since he had holes blown in him by officers lying in wait.
I’m a HUGE supporter of the police but I can’t get behind this action.

Sargejh
Sargejh

I was a cop for a long time. Something that concerns me a lot lately is all these videos of police approaching, swarming and surrounding known armed suspects. Then there is me recourse other than open up. And I’ve watched several videos where cops are being caught in each other’s crossfire. Whatever happened to felony stop procedures. Have academies stopped teaching that?

Mrs10
Mrs10

If he were in the drive-through he couldn't have been completely asleep. Perhaps finally passed on from whatever substances were in his system, yes, but not just asleep.

It's not like he was just napping at home. He had an illegal weapon with illegal extended mag (CA crazy laws working so great huh) and he suddenly loses control of himself and his vehicle. Definitely expecting to see drugs in his tox screen.

But of course he was just a good boy who dinndu nuffin.

Mrs10
Mrs10

And the scariest part of all of this is the message being spread by his family and so-called "activists". They're specifically targeting kids with their hate rhetoric and trying to actively turn them against police. If the current generation is in trouble just think about the one being brought up by these lunatics.

Stanracer
Stanracer

More media lies getting people all stirred up. No wonder there is a war on tbe police going on.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Just wondering? Do you have to be a felon before you become a rapper...or...do you become a felon first and then a rapper?

alicefae
alicefae

He shouldn’t have had a gun in his lap, at anytime. Let alone the drive thru at Taco Bell. Talk about a mess.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Ever notice when they have absolutely no plausible source of income they are instantly a "rapper"?

Milman
Milman

Police are targeting Blacks in Vallejo, California? How many in the past? Just curious. This guy is passed out in a drive through, fully loaded weapon in his lap. Cops had no choice when he makes a move... There were no alternatives!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Is there any black male who isn't a rapper?

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Now come on he was just tired from tour, i wonder where next county over lol. I don't know about ya'll but i think a lot of Americans are getting tired of its because he's black thing, i think some of the good blacks are also. They think we drive up on a scene and look around think to ourselves this is going to be a good day there's a lot of blacks here so im going to bag one and mount it over the fire place lol ,they also don't understand that our brothers and sisters lives are changed forever they don't just run around smiling and some have committed suicide American is about to get in a worse state than ever and it will be hard to recover!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The family almost always refers to the unemployed deceased member as a "Rapper "...Ho hum...as if it lends some sort of desperate credibility to the meaningless life. I mean why aren't more of them called "Rocket Surgeons" ? Now that would be impressive !! It would still be BS ...but hell if your going to BS go big or go homey .....

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Gee another “rapper” with a stolen loaded gun

Oh well another pos is gone

I feel better

Bluelivesdonotmatter
Bluelivesdonotmatter

Our real hero's (American Soldier's) wait till they are fired upon then engage the enemy... don't let these racist fascist cowards fool you!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

😂😂😂

LOCKTHEMUP
LOCKTHEMUP

I don't care what anyone says and I am very pro police. THIS WAS NOT NECESSARY! This was murder. These cops DO NOT know why this guy is there and why he is unresponsive. Common sense says to find a way to awaken him and surrender his gun. He was violating the law by having the gun BUT the cops did not KNOW that at the time. There is too much wrong doing to describe it all here but the lawyers for this family are going to win a very huge settlement. The cops should be tested to see if they followed all policies. And if they did then some policy work needs to be done. Loud speakers and horns are one way to wake someone up and they are sure cheaper than multi million dollar lawsuits. OH WAIT!!! This is Kalifornia? Ignore everything I said. Continue On!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

Definitely too strong blythe police. Seemingly not justified.

shooter
shooter

Why the hell was that officer trained to put the support hand thumb on the slide?

shooter
shooter

Those chest-mounted cameras are really bad when officers have guns extended. Collar, ball-cap, or glasses-mounted would be much better.