A Phoenix police officer, who race baiters will be sure to explain is white, shot to death an unarmed, 34-year-old black man named Rumain Brisbon.

Rumain was sitting in a black Cadillac SUV allegedly selling drugs outside a convenience store, according to two witnesses. A seven-year veteran of the department gave him several commands to show his hands. Rumain “placed one or both hands in his waistband area” and then fled.

The officer chased and caught up with him, it said, and during a struggle the policeman believed he felt the handle of a gun while holding the individual’s hand in his pocket.

“The officer gave the suspect several commands to get on the ground but he refused to comply, yelling profanities at the officer,” said the police statement issued on Wednesday.

At that point a resident opened an apartment door and both men stumbled into her home, it said, adding that the officer was unable to keep a grip on the suspect’s hand.

“Fearing Brisbon had a gun in his pocket the officer fired two rounds striking Brisbon in the torso,” it said.

The police department said the back-up officers arrived after the shooting, and while they and members of the fire department treated Brisbon, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Brisbon was carrying a vial of oxycodone pills, and that a semi-automatic handgun and a jar of what is believed to be marijuana were found in the SUV. The 30-year-old officer was not injured during the incident, the statement added.

From CBS5:

The officer had been conducting a burglary investigation when he learned the driver of a SUV was selling drugs at a 7-Eleven convenience store nearby. The officer obtained a description of the suspect and the license plate number and when he ran it through his computer, he got the address of the vehicle’s registered owner.

When the officer arrived at the address, a person at the apartment complex told him that the occupants of the SUV parked in the vicinity of an apartment unit were selling drugs. As the officer approached, he requested additional units.

The driver, later identified as Brisbon, got out of the vehicle and climbed into the rear seat and appeared to be removing something, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said.

As the suspect closed the door, the officer gave several commands for Brisbon to show him his hands, Crump said. Brisbon placed one or both hands in the area of his waistband. Crump said the officer drew his weapon.

Brisbon began to run to the corridor toward the apartments, where the officer eventually caught up to him.

The officer gave the suspect several commands to get on the ground but he refused to comply, yelling profanities at the officer, according to witnesses. A struggle ensured.

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, Crump said.

According to the police report, the officer believed he felt the handle of a gun while holding the suspect’s hand in his pocket.

A woman who was inside one of the apartments opened the door, which caused the suspect and the officer to stumble into the interior of the apartment, Crump said.

The officer wasn’t able to keep his grip on the suspect’s hand during the struggle and fearing Brisbon had a gun in his pocket, the officer fired two rounds, striking Brisbon in the upper part of his body, Crump said.

Backup officers arrived after the shooting and immediately began CPR. When the Phoenix Fire Department showed up, paramedics treated Brisbon at the scene, where he was eventually pronounced dead.

A search warrant was served at the apartment and on the vehicle.

Police said they found a pill vial containing a number of oxycodone tablets in Brisbon’s pocket. There was a semi-automatic handgun found on the driver’s side floor board of the SUV where Brisbon had been. A jar containing what is believed to be marijuana was also found in the vehicle, Crump said.

The officer, a seven-year veteran of the police force, was not injured.

CBS 5 News learned Brisbon had been arrested six times since 2011.

  • 10/2/14 – Aggravated DUI and driving on a suspended license.
  • 3/22/14 – Driving with a suspended license.
  • 4/7/13 – Marijuana possession and use and failure to pay a fine.
  • 10/23/12 – Marijuana possession and use and failure to pay a fine.
  • 1/12/12 – Aggravated DUI
  • 3/10/11 – DUI

— Courtesy of Young Cons & CBS5 Phoenix

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