The Vallejo Police Department released body-camera videos Friday of a fatal shooting last month in a Taco Bell drive-thru by six city police officers.
The Feb. 9 death of 20-year-old Willie McCoy has renewed criticism of the department, which has a high rate of police shootings. Officers responded to a 911 call from a Taco Bell employee after 10:30 p.m. and discovered McCoy unconscious in the driver's seat of his running car, parked in the drive-thru lane, with a semi-automatic handgun in his lap.
"The Vallejo Police Department wants to address the questions that have been raised to help the public digest both the media reports and to facilitate a community dialogue about the facts of this incident," a written statement accompanying the videos' release says. "Our hope is that this information helps members of the public separate fact from fiction regarding this incident."
An overview video released by the Police Department contains footage from each officer's camera, a synced split screen from all six shooting officers' video, and one perspective of the critical few seconds before officers fired, played in slow motion. The video states that McCoy reached for the gun in his lap moments before officers launched a hail of gunfire.