California Man Sleeping in His Car, Shot by Cops More Than 20 Times

“Overkill is an understatement,” the family’s attorney Melissa Nold said, explaining the police shooting of Willie McCoy.

On February 9th, the young California man was found unresponsive in his car with a gun in his lap. The cops woke him up and about 4 seconds later, six of the officers shot him about 25 times. Willie McCoy died at the scene.

“Overkill is an understatement,” Nold said of the wounds and the number of times the young man was shot. She said she examined the body and told NBC News that he was shot in the center of his face and throat and one of his ears was shot off, he had wounds to his shoulders, chest and arm as well.

The family of Willie McCoy believes the Bay Area rapper known by his stage name Willie Bo went to a Taco Bell for a bite to eat and was so exhausted that he fell asleep while waiting in the drive-thru. Someone called police when they saw him slumped behind the wheel with the engine running, according to Vallejo police.

Criminologist, police experts and former police officers said the number of cops who pulled their triggers is concerning, particularly when considering how much time the cops had to formulate a safe plan to awake a young man with a gun in his lap. Two of the six officers involved have a history of brutality.

Nold said the situation could have been handled differently, especially since McCoy was initially not responsive. She called into question the officers’ version of events, explaining that even if McCoy’s car doors were locked when they considered retrieving the gun, the passenger’s side window was open and only had a sheet of plastic covering it, which could have easily been removed. Video of McCoy’s car shows plastic covering the open window.

Cops were blocking in his car, when McCoy woke up, six officers opened fire in about four seconds. Officers said, they gave “several commands to put his hands up,” as McCoy was waking up.

During a Vallejo City Council meeting, a woman who identified herself as McCoy’s girlfriend tearfully asked for the release of officers’ body cam footage. Police will be required to release the video footage within 45 days following a new state law that requires law enforcement in California to do so when an officer fires their gun or uses deadly force.



Photo of Willie McCoy via Facebook