February 27, 2021 16:34

Phoenix Officers Killed Ex-NFL Player With 10 Shots

Phoenix police released video showing officers shooting a former National Football League player 10 times and deploying stun bags, pepper balls and a dog on him before he died Nov. 30, the Arizona Republic reports. Police identified the man as Ekom Udofia, 33, a former football player with the Cincinnati Bengals and Stanford University. A “critical incident briefing” included body-worn camera video showing Udofia approaching police officers while they yelled repeatedly for him to drop his weapon, later identified as a BB gun, before they shot him. Three officers firing at least 10 shots as well as several other less-lethal munitions.

Police received a call around 2 a.m. Nov. 30 reporting that a man was behaving erratically near traffic.  The 911 caller told dispatchers that the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was jumping into traffic. Two officers responded and found Udofia near the roadway with what looked like a gun. Udofia can be seen slowly walking toward the front bumper of the police car illuminated by its headlights. Both officers can be seen with their guns drawn and pointed at Udofia. “Please drop the gun, dude!” one officer yelled. “Please, please do not make me shoot you!” As Udofia continued to approach the car, the officer yelled, “Dude, I got to shoot him, bro!” The two officers asked him for at least 30 seconds to drop the gun before they fired their weapons.

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