VIDEO: Off-Duty Cop Shoots Ex-Con Who Pulled Gun In Parking Dispute

Sandy Malone

Richmond Police Sgt. Virgil Thomas fatally shot Eric Reason after the felon pulled a gun during a parking space dispute.

Vallejo, CA – Vallejo police have released surveillance video of a man pulling a gun on an off-duty Richmond police sergeant over a parking spot in front of a restaurant (video below).

The incident occurred on the evening on Nov. 10, 2019 during a dispute over a parking space in a strip mall in front of JJ’s Fish and Chicken, near the intersection of Fairgrounds and Sereno drives, the Mercury News reported.

Surveillance video from a nearby building showed that 38-year-old Eric Reason was pulling away from a gas pump in a dark minivan when off-duty Richmond Police Sergeant Virgil Thomas pulled into the parking lot in a light-colored Mercedes.

In the video, it wasn’t immediately clear that Reason was intending to enter the parking spot when he pulled away from the gas pump.

But the two cars met, and both briefly stopped, before Sgt. Thomas proceeded and pulled into the vacant space.

Sgt. Thomas, a 27-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department, got out of his car to go into the restaurant but stopped when he noticed Reason’s van stopped behind his vehicle boxing him in, the video showed.

The video showed Reason got out of his minivan and began walking toward Sgt. Thomas.

The sergeant turned to talk with Reason and the video showed the men had a heated discussion that ended when Reason walked away and back to his minivan.

But instead of getting into his car, he walked to the front and opened the hood.

Then video showed he retrieved a handgun wrapped in a cloth from under the left side of the hood.

Reason took the gun out of the cloth and held it in his left hand as he walked back toward Sgt. Thomas.

The off-duty sergeant had turned to walk away when Reason returned to his car, but he kept his eye on the man as he opened the hood of his minivan, the Mercury News reported.

More words were exchanged between the two men as Reason held the weapon, and then Sgt. Thomas drew his duty weapon from his waistband and opened fire on the armed man.

In the video, Reason began running away when Sgt. Thomas started shooting at him, but the sergeant continued firing at the armed man.

Justin Buffington, Sgt. Thomas’ attorney, said it was the first time in the veteran sergeant’s decorated career that he had discharged his service weapon and called Reason an “irate convicted felon,” the Mercury News reported.

“Reason boxed Sgt. Thomas and his wife’s car in, retrieved a semi-automatic handgun with a 30-round magazine from its hiding place under the hood and confronted Sgt. Thomas and his wife,” Buffington said after the video was released. “Sgt. Thomas attempted to deescalate the situation but ultimately had no other choice but to draw his own firearm to defend he and his wife.”

“Although Reason fled when he realized that he had attempted to attack someone capable of protecting himself, he refused to drop his gun and, in fact, continued to present a deadly threat,” the attorney added.

Buffington said Sgt. Thomas “had no other choice” but to shoot the armed man who had boxed in his car with his wife inside, the Mercury News reported.

The Richmond police union president released a statement that said Sgt. Thomas had acted in self-defense when he shot Reason.

“The video clearly reinforces that unfortunately, a firearm was introduced unnecessarily by Mr. Reason. Regrettably, this placed Sgt. Thomas in a position where he was forced to protect himself and the public,” union boss Ben Therriault said.

Sgt. Thomas has been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, NBC News reported.

Reason’s family has hired civil rights attorney Melissa Nold to represent them and she called the fatal shooting “a cold-blooded murder,” the Mercury News reported.

Despite the fact video clearly showed that Reason brought a weapon into the altercation, Nold has accused Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams of “allowing police officers to murder people in Vallejo with impunity.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Comments (80)
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flybynight
flybynight

Black hood rat black cop......... interesting. Tough call for our resident trolls?

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Man have I heard this BULLSPIT before. "He was a good man and a wonderful Father" BULLSPIT,,,they are looking for MONEY from the city.

Heezels
Heezels

“We raised him right.”

pulls gun and attempts to coerce someone.

gets shot for pulling gun on someone and dies

“He didn’t deserve to die like that!”

Neither of her statements are true.

Anomie88
Anomie88

If you pull a gun on someone, you better we aware of the consequences. A man has got to know his limitations.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Here comes the same old sad fucking story from the vix family! He was a good old boy! He never did anything wrong! Blah blah blah "Now, give me my fucking winning 'shot by cop' lottery ticket! Makes me want to fucking puke!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

wait a minute... he's a felon.... i thought it was illegal for him to have a gun??? Isn't that how gun laws work?

SoFedUp
SoFedUp

He's a felon carrying a weapon...but he's a good kid!?! I wonder how many of those SIX kids he's actually supporting and how many baby-mommas are involved. Give me a break!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Got what he asked for.

AUtigerfan
AUtigerfan

Come on lady, a "good man" doesn't hide a gun under the hood. A "good man" says damn he got there first and moves on to the next spot. A "good man" in this situation is sitting at home right now and we're not talking about a dead man

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

Oh, but he has never hurt anyone,
but the felon pulls a gun, which he is not supposed to have, threatens someone
with it!! Isn’t it interesting when the threatened, is forced to defend himself,
that the instigator runs away like a rabbit!

Jones24
Jones24

Raised him so well he kept a gun in the hood of his mini van wrapped in a cloth. And instead of finding another parking space, his first act was to grab his gun. Good job mom!

The express
The express

One less scumbag.

LEO0301
LEO0301

She's already busy counting the $$$$ not realizing that the deputy was off duty at the time so a lawsuit against the officer's department won't work.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Wasn’t he an altar boy at the local church at one time? Seriously, this guy, felon, or not, is now dead over a parking space, A PARKING SPACE!

Of all the choices a person will make in their lifetime, getting this upset over a parking space was not a wise choice for this man.

Now, the family thinks this criminals, er, victims, civil rights were violated. Over a parking space? Show me the money and show me how because this is really a stretch in any reasonable person’s mind.

Boristhecat
Boristhecat

"We raised him well." What planet are you from lady?!!!

DarrellWhitledge
DarrellWhitledge

He was a good felon that hides his gun under the hood!! You play stupid games you win stupid prizes. Sad to say the family will get a shit ton of money for their son's asshole actions!

Stanracer
Stanracer

The usual suspect got what he deserved. Should never have pulled a gun.

Farmer
Farmer

Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid.

Bluemoon135
Bluemoon135

Spin the wheel, make a deal! What father of the year is packing a semiauto handgun with a 30 round mag in the engine compartment of his "soccer mom mobile". Why a convicted felon of course! Mom would be so proud!

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

If only there was a law that gave the Cops a 25,000 reward for killing Ex Convicts. It's only fair since Ghetto Families pretty much get money for their Ex Convict dads or whatever when they die by a Cop.

Trefflek
Trefflek

My son was a good kid and we raised him right 😳. what in the world is raising them wrong?...
apparently raising them right is raising a felon with hidden guns under the hood of their car. Momma is looking for a big payday for her dysfunctional son.

sanman899
sanman899

AWWWW he was such a sweet felon that carries his stolen gun in the engine compartment. The oly thing the chitbirds didn't complain about was a racial shooting. Fk this guy and good riddance!!!

Hannibal
Hannibal

"He was a good boy". Yeah lady, ok until he pulled a gun on someone over a fucking parking spot while expecting them to read his mind.

NFPD103
NFPD103

Looks like he got exactly what he deserved,based on his conduct,He brought the gun into the argument he threatened deadly force and he paid the price. I see no issue with the shooting.

Xangman1
Xangman1

Amazing - another ghetto mother lying about her boy. He was a ghetto jerk whose death saved the taxpayers money to jail him again.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Lady you just another delusional bitch!! Your son was a felon in possession of an illegal gun!! He pulled out a gun over a disagreement over a damn parking space!! Your son has issues and thought he was about to intimidate and shoot another black man, but surprise surprise, he was an off duty cop carrying his own gun and defended himself from your stupid ass thug son!!! So NO, you won't be getting any ghetto lottery from the police dept because he was off duty. And NO you won't be getting any ghetto lottery from Mr. Thomas because it was self defense!!! So quit dreaming of your new car hood rat!!

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

Hardy Har Har!!!

DK9162
DK9162

Blah, blah, blah. He was raised so well and was such a good boy that he spent time in prison, and was a felon in possession of a handgun. He’s the one who brought the gun into the dispute. Sorry, Mama, your son was a POS and got what he deserved.

Tommyd001
Tommyd001

Make my day.. He did

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Over a parking spot? Stupid is, as stupid does!

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

One less THUG on the street AND one more gun OFF THE STREET. AWESOME job officer !!!!!

50wt
50wt

Hummm, it appears all good men pull guns on other people.

Bptrsn1974
Bptrsn1974

You didn't raise shit well. You raised him to be a hood rat hoodlum thug.

Andone5150510
Andone5150510

He was a good boy, my butt! He was a bully skank and got what he was looking for.

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

He got exactly what he desreved.. Momma he might have been a good boy in kindergarten but those days are long gone!!

investigator
investigator

Just another.....SHOW ME THE MONEY!!! Great job Officer!

Marine.001
Marine.001

I understand the mother losing a son but if he was raised so well why was he a felon w a gun. Also 6 kids? Was his last name Kemp? How many baby mama’s are there?
Don’t bring a gun to a gun fight if ur not gonna use it

Roman$
Roman$

You don’t pull a gun unless You have the balls to use it.

iamheer2
iamheer2

Maybe in his mama's eyes he was a good guy but in reality he was a bully and a moron for pulling a gun on a somebody he didn't know

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The hood rat hoodlum retrieved his gun from under his minivan hood.

Dude could run, but he didn't want to walk an extra 50 feet from another nearby parking spot.

Full videos here, which shows the parking space dispute, and the good boy's last moments...

JBH
JBH

Okay attorney for the deceased.
One question.
Start by justifying this ex-felon being in possession of a firearm.
Tick..tock...................

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Raised well? Instead of a rattle, they gave him a Glock 22 to play with.

Selfdefencematters
Selfdefencematters

If that coward didn’t have a badge he would have been charged with murder! The idiot who started this mess was in the wrong but was retreating when he was shot and murdered by this coward cop! If that coward had shot when he was being approached by a idiot with a gun in his hand that would have been justified but to shoot him while he was running away and never pointed his firearm at the coward cop was wrong! SMFH!

E7MR
E7MR

Felon in possession of a firearm. Any argument you put forth in favor of the deceased is invalid.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The ex cop was smart to kill the thug. He was also smart to wait until the idiot thug turned his back on him to pull his weapon and blast the low life. Problem solved. One less thug to bother people.

lock'emup
lock'emup

The video does not show anything good about her son. Who the Hell is she fooling?

WVL
WVL

He was not an ex-cop. The officer was off duty. Get your facts straight

WVL
WVL

The officer did exactly what was expected, to protect and to serve. He had to protect himself and he served the hammer that stopped the bad guy. I am not sure who the old woman was talking about, but it couldn't have been the punk.

Tomted
Tomted

Typical BS. “He was a good boy, we raised him well.” No Mom you didn’t raise him well. He was a convicted felon and a thug. He got killed because he pulled a gun on the wrong person. A gun he should never have had because he was a convicted felon. Try and cash your ghetto lottery ticket somewhere else.

vwiles34
vwiles34

I notice it's always a civil rights attorney. Even if it's black on black. This shows they want a spin at the looser lottery. Why not a personal injury lawyer? Oh that's right if you're black it's always all about that. And who's being prejudice?


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