VIDEO: Man Shoots Himself During Traffic Stop, Family Claims Police Cover-Up

D'Mario Perkins fatally shot himself in the head before he was shot nine times by police, the medical examiner said.

Memphis, TN – The family of a man who fatally shot himself in the head during a traffic stop in 2018 has alleged that Memphis police were actually the ones responsible for his death (video below).

"Some kind of way, justice has to come out of this. Not just for my son…but for all the mothers that are out here and their children are being slaughtered in the streets," the suspect’s mother, Sheila Perkins, told the Commercial Appeal.

The incident occurred on July 25, 2018, after Memphis Police Officer David Reinke and Officer Brandon Barnes pulled 29-year-old D’Mario Perkins over for a traffic violation, the Commercial Appeal reported.

The officers approached D’Mario’s vehicle, and explained that the license plates on his car were not registered with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, bodycam footage showed.

The officer then asked him for his license and insurance information.

But instead of handing over the documents, D’Mario apologized to the officer and told him that he wanted to kill himself, the video showed.

“What’s that?” the officer asked, as the suspect repeated himself.

That’s when the officer realized D’Mario had a handgun.

“Gun! Gun!” the officer alerted, jumping backwards away from the suspect’s car. “Drop the weapon!”

A barrage of gunfire rang out as the officers scrambled back towards their patrol vehicle and radioed for assistance, the video showed.

An officer moved back towards the car a moment later, and announced that the driver was dead.

“Subject shot himself,” the officer said over the radio. “He’s dead as far as I can tell. Start me up an ambulance. Start me up a supervisor.”

“He shot himself in the head,” he told a fellow officer standing nearby.

Neither of the officers were wounded during the officer-involved shooting, the Commercial Appeal reported.

The medical examiner later determined that D’Mario fatally shot himself in the head before he was shot by the officers nine times, and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office refused to file charges against the officers, according to the Commercial Appeal.

But the Perkins family disputed the medical examiner’s findings, and argued that D’Mario was not suicidal because he had just welcomed his third child into the world two days earlier, WMC reported.

They said he was pulled over as he was heading to the store to get supplies for his newborn son.

“I feel like wrong has been done to my son and his family,” Sheila told WMC. “If we don’t be down here on these criminal justice steps, hollering and screaming for justice for our children, it’s going to continue to happen.”

"Where are the black pastors, where are the black leaders, where are the black activists in our neighborhoods and our communities that continue to let these things happen and only speak up for a few but not for the many?" she asked the Commercial Appeal.

Sheila argued that if her son’s death was actually a suicide, the officers should have done more to stop him.

"If they consider it to be a suicide, then what was the police protocol on that type of incident?” she asked the Commercial Appeal. “Why didn't they call in the crisis intervention?”

Blue Lives Matter consulted experts who noted that crisis intervention techniques are generally ineffective on people who are deceased.

The family launched a GoFundMe page in the wake of D’Mario’s suicide to help pay for a second medical examiner to review the case. The fund has raised $129 since Aug. 29.

Officer Barnes has returned to full duties with the Memphis Police Department (MPD), the Commercial Appeal reported.

Officer Reinke has since left MPD to go to work for the police force in his hometown.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with D’Mario in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content.

Comments (42)
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Shastabeau
Shastabeau

What the hell was the officers suppose to do?

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Sad situation, but justified, love the line “ Blue Lives Matter consulted experts who noted that crisis intervention techniques are generally ineffective on people who are deceased.“ got to love it😆

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

The only "question" I have is why did the officers shoot him 9 times after he shot himself. They didn't shoot him because he had a weapon, but it seems like both opened fire when they heard the bang, at which point he was already dead as per the ME. Not saying the cops killed him, nor was there any conspiracy, just asking for reasoning.

The family is searching for answers, and blaming the cops, but the video is pretty clear that the cops didn't kill this man.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Gonna guess that they didn’t realize he shot himself , just fired until threat ended

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

:)

flybynight
flybynight

They thinking maybe some ghetto bucks in there somewhere? 🤔

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

He had the gun to his head, there was not a thing anyone could have done different in that split second.

flybynight
flybynight

WAIT, I GOT IT!!!!! AMBUSH!!!!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Police Cover Up ~~ MY ASS ~~ "D’Mario apologized to the officer and told him that he wanted to kill himself, the video showed" Ignorant Family -- STOP trying to get a Ghetto Lottery Pay Out for what Your Family Member did to himself !! A horrific Situation for this young man (took his own life) and the officers involved that have to live with this !! Low Life Morons~ GREED GREED GREED -- Grieve for your Family Member and Pray that he is now at peace ~~

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

why do these people always know more than the medical examiner's do. must have a good ambulance chasing lawyer

Bud
Bud

We read this every day it seems like. It appears to be ok for the shooter to open fire, but forbid if return fire ends it abruptly. In this case he killed himself, they had no reason to lie about it, and they have been totally justified in shooting him. Denial and the expectation of special treatment is far to common today with families and activist.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

LOl 129.00! Don't spend it all in one place ghetto trash!

LEO0301
LEO0301

"Slaughtered" and "Justice" are the two words that are uttered by family/activists/clergy/media at every police shooting involving a black person. It's like a script written by Al Sharpton being read at each of these incidents. The reality is that almost all of these people put themselves in a position of the police having to defend themselves. Oh, and they don't carry crisis intervention teams with them in their back pocket and even if a department had one, they probably aren't on duty 24/7. I understand a family being upset when a love one dies but this video couldn't be clearer. The man killed himself and apparently the family wasn't aware he was experiencing mental health issues.

flybynight
flybynight

Another troll proof story? Will miracles never cease.

toughguy
toughguy

"Blue Lives Matter consulted experts who noted that crisis intervention techniques are generally ineffective on people who are deceased." LMAO!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

FFS..I’ll give em another $129 to stop wasting everyone’s time! No one wants to believe a family member has killed themselves. Denial does not alter history. Go and grieve with dignity.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

The cops could have done more to prevent her son's suicide? Really? Ok then, let's call in one, get a couch out there, some snacks while waiting and hug each other. WHY DIDN'T MOM call for help for her kid? These things didn't just pop up that date, he might have had problems before but it is NOT the responsibility of the police dept to fix people. Theyre there to protect the public from idiots like that. How was the officer not to know the guy could have turned his head more and shot at the officers. Please........stop blaming others. It's the parents fault. Lets have them refund the "system" for not taking care of their kids, child neglect for them to grow up like this.

flybynight
flybynight

Headlines should read, Family Tries Caiming Ghetto Lottery.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

If the Al Sharpton followers had their way police would be required to allow people to shoot first before the cop was allowed to shoot back.

Ibizian
Ibizian

Where's all the black pastors? Where's all the black activists?

Uhhh so it's all about RACE!!!

They aren't there because even they can read the ME's report and watch the video to see the truth!!

CHA--CHUNK.. No ghetto lottery for you!!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Stupd

Raymelson
Raymelson

His family is only wants money they really don't care what happened

Kevinyoung
Kevinyoung

Here is what i see the officer made the stop non threatening moves towards driver he ask for his drivers that was all .Then officer sees something and asked what it was officer spots gun hehas a gun officer runs from car to protect himself hear a few shots fired did not see any gun fire from police in video i am positive motorist let off them few rounds which made him die in an apparent suicide no officer fired a shot but retreated from the car away to prove no shots were fired is checked officers guns to see if they were fired and ballistics tests to check and see if it was police bullets i am assured they weren't but his own

Kevinyoung
Kevinyoung

I don't see that the officer did anything wrong here

Mrs10
Mrs10

"Blue Lives Matter consulted experts who noted that crisis intervention techniques are generally ineffective on people who are deceased."

Hahaha that's the funniest thing I've read in quite some time!