In the wake of 15-year-old Jaheim McMillan being killed by a Gulfport, MS, police officer, Police Chief Adam Cooper held a press convention and gave a extra detailed account of what occurred on Thursday, October sixth.
Cooper says that McMillan was “armed” and ignored an order to drop his weapon.
“One of the officers noticed McMillan, who was armed. The officer gave orders for him to cease and drop his weapon–McMillan didn’t comply.
McMillan turned each his physique and his in direction of the officer. The officer fired at McMillan. McMillan was struck by the bullet and fell.
The police chief additionally said that the case is now within the fingers of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, and photographs might be launched as soon as it’s full.
Eye Witness Says Jaheim McMillan Allegedly Had Hands Up
H[is] fingers had been all the best way up. He was scared out of his thoughts.
The nameless witness, who was within the shop in the course of the incident, continued to say:
From the place I used to be standing, I appeared up, and Jaheim was transferring in a sluggish movement by the door of the shop; then increase, I noticed at the least 5 pictures go in direction of this boy’s path.
Continuing to element what occurred within the shop, the witness mentioned:
The bullets had been hitting the entire retailer home windows and door, and it caught all people’s consideration. I simply noticed his physique drop, and my coronary heart simply broke.
The witness additionally says they didn’t see a weapon on McMillan on the time of the capturing, which helps one other eye witness’s account who additionally mentioned she didn’t see a weapon on McMillan on the time of the capturing.
He was unarmed from each spot that I noticed on him. They continued saying, It was traumatizing figuring out that was a baby.
Events That Led Up To The Shooting
According to courtroom paperwork obtained by WLOX, Jaheim McMillan and 4 different teenagers had been approached by a police officer on Thursday, October sixth, after a name got here in and said a Kia Soul was driving recklessly, rolled down their window, and was “flipping them off.”
The paperwork additionally state that “the caller and his passenger said they saw the right rear passenger in the Kia Soul brandished a firearm” at a crimson gentle and likewise placed on a “camouflage ski mask” and pointed a gun at them. Eventually, the caller was capable of lose the Kia Soul.
Shortly after, police noticed a Kia Soul that matched the outline made by the caller within the car parking zone of a Family Dollar.
According to police, an officer approached an “armed” suspect, McMillan, which led to pictures fired by the officer. McMillan was shot within the head and rushed to Memorial Hospital, the place he was later pronounced lifeless.
It’s additionally reported that the ninth grader didn’t obtain first help was was mendacity on the bottom bleeding, ready for an ambulance.
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