The allegedly unarmed man who was shot by a Phoenix cop was a long time drug criminal, GotNews.com has learned.
An investigation into the shooting death of a suspected drug dealer is currently underway in Phoenix Arizona. 34 year old Rumain Brisbon was killed by police during a struggle, after the officer suspected he had a gun.
According to police, a resident informed officers that two men sitting in a Cadillac were dealing drugs. Upon questioning, Brisbon exited the vehicle and appeared to be retrieving something from the back seat of the Cadillac. Brisbon failed to comply with officers demands to show his hands, and instead reached into his waistband. After the officer pulled out his weapon, Brisbon ran off towards the apartment complex.
Witness statements say the officer commanded Brisbon to get on the ground, but Brisbon refused and started to yell obscenities at the officer. Cops ran after Brisbon after he attempted to flee.
When the police caught up with a Brisbon, a struggle ensued. Police Spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump released a statement saying:
“During the struggle, Brisbon put his left hand in his pocket and the officer grabbed onto the suspect’s hand, while repeatedly telling the suspect to keep his hand in his pocket,” “The officer believed he felt the handle of a gun while holding the suspect’s hand in his pocket.”
A woman inside an apartment opened a door at that moment, and the officer and Brisbon tumbled inside. Two children, ages 9 and 2, were in a back bedroom, he said.
The officer could no longer keep a grip on Brisbon’s hand and, because he feared that the suspect had a gun in his pocket, fired two shots.
Brisbon died at the scene.
Police later retrieved a gun and marijuana in the Cadillac. Brisbon had a bottle of oxocdone pills in his pocket.
Brison has been arrested many, many times for drugs.
Every photo posted here comes from one of his bookings.
But that hasn’t stopped some journalists from claiming he was wrongly killed.
— BlackHistoryStudies (@BlkHistStudies) December 5, 2014
They’ve even included a highly emotional letter from his daughter.
— Ryan Gorman (@GormoExJourno) December 5, 2014
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