Officers fatally shot a man named DeShawn Tatum who stole a car at a gas station and attempted to speed away after throwing the vehicle into reverse and dragging officers behind him.
The video footage released on Wednesday depicts the sequence of events that occurred on April 1 that led to the 25-year-old man’s shooting. The incident took place at a Chicken Shack gas station, and the video shows cops ordering the guy to exit his vehicle. When he doesn’t, a cop opens fire as one of them attempts to open the driver’s side door, according to the video. One of them can be heard shouting, “Get out of the f**king car!” in the video.
He was 25 years old.
Suspect DeShawn Tatum Fatally Shot Full Details
The 25-year-old suspect who was shot by police is DeShawn Tatum. He allegedly ran through an alley in Rock Island before stealing a car from a bystander at a gas station.
Tatum was also seen attempting to snatch a pistol from one of the officers when the car was in reverse and the weapon was discharged during the altercation. The passenger window was smashed, and another cop’s head was grazed.
When Tatum was seen running through a nearby cemetery, he was asked to drop the gun he had on him, according to the video. Nonetheless, he disobeyed orders to “drop the gun.” A foot pursuit ensued, during which one of the officers picked up a bag that Tatum had dropped.
This backpack contained a Glock 9mm magazine, 9mm Luger shells, other ammunition, suspected marijuana, and unidentified pills, according to State’s Attorney Dora Villarreal’s investigation. The police announced that they were looking for Tatum after he posted videos on Snapchat carrying a gun and intimidating cops, on top of the pending warrants for both local and federal felonies.
He had also dropped a loaded Glock 9mm with an extended magazine before arriving at the gas station, which the cops recovered. Tatum succumbed to bullet wounds to the head and chest later at the hospital.
How DeShwan Tatum Shoot?
The four officers who shot Tatum were placed on administrative leave after the shooting, but Villarreal claims no action would be taken against them. She wrote, “Mr. Tatum was in a vehicle, a weapon capable of causing great bodily harm or death,”
He added, “The fact that he just dragged several officers to the ground while grabbing the gun of another suggested that he intended to use it in a deadly manner and that he may have been planning to use it.”
She also revealed, on the same day as Villarreal’s video was released, “The evidence in this case shows that Tatum would not relent in his attempt to escape and that he fully intended to hurt the officers and/or force the officers to hurt him, making their decisions to use deadly force objectively reasonable,”
He added, “The statements of the officers along with witness accounts affirm the conclusion that the use of deadly force was objectively reasonable.”