In the wake of the murder of 15-year-old Jaheim McMillan by a Gulfport, MS police officer, Police Chief Adam Cooper held a press conference and provided a more detailed account of what happened on Thursday, October 6.
Cooper says McMillan was “armed” and ignored an order to drop his gun.
“One of the officers looked at McMillan, who was armed. The officer ordered her to stop and drop his gun; McMillan did not comply.
McMillan turned both his body and hers toward the officer. The officer shot McMillan. McMillan was hit by the bullet and fell.
The police chief also stated that the case is now in the hands of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the footage will be released once it is complete.
Eyewitness says Jaheim McMillan allegedly raised his hands
H[is] the hands were fully up. He was scared out of his mind.
The anonymous witness, who was inside the store during the incident, went on to say:
From where I was standing, I looked up, and Jaheim was moving in slow motion through the tent door; then boom, I saw at least five shots go in this guy’s direction.
Continuing with the detail of what happened inside the store, the witness said:
The bullets hit all the windows and doors of the store, drawing everyone’s attention. I just saw her body fall, and my heart broke.
The witness also says that they did not see a weapon in McMillan at the time of the shooting, which supports another eyewitness account who also said that they did not see a weapon in McMillan at the time of the shooting.
He was unarmed from all the points I saw on him. They went on to say: It was traumatizing to know that he was a boy.
Events leading up to the shooting
According to court documents obtained by WLOXJaheim McMillan and four other teens were approached by a police officer on Thursday, October 6, after receiving a call saying a Kia Soul was driving recklessly, rolled down the window and was “turning them off.”
The documents also state that “the caller and his passenger said they saw the right rear passenger in the Kia Soul brandishing a firearm” at a red light and also donned a “camouflage balaclava” and pointed a gun at them. weapon. Ultimately, the caller was able to lose the Kia Soul.
Shortly thereafter, police spotted a Kia Soul matching the caller’s description in the parking lot of a Family Dollar.
According to police, an officer approached an “armed” suspect, McMillan, prompting the officer to fire. McMillan was shot in the head and rushed to Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
It was also reported that the ninth grader received no first aid and was lying on the ground bleeding, waiting for an ambulance.
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