Family Questions Why DPS Officer Had to Shoot and Kill 16-Year-Old Alexander Wilson

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Alexander Wilson's family wants to know why the 16-year-old had to die after a DPS officer stopped him while driving a stolen vehicle. 

On Thursday, more than 30 people marched at the Capitol and demanded answers. They swarmed the normally quiet hallways wearing shirts that read, "Fuck the Police." When they returned outside and a DPS officer parked next to their demonstration, they surrounded the car and put their signs in front of, and on top of, the squad car.

The family disagrees what happened that night as it's recorded in a report by police, which is four paragraphs summing up a few moments, and succession of rapid decisions that ended with the boy's death. 

Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, a DPS officer near 27th Avenue and Camelback Road ran the license of a Chevrolet Tahoe and the plates came back stolen. The officer, whose name is being withheld, followed Wilson and his passenger, Will Brown, 18. Normally DPS patrols highways, but the officer tailed the two for eight blocks until Wilson steered the SUV into a Chevron gas station and parked. 


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On this, the police report, Wilson's family, and Brown, the surviving passenger, are in agreement. But what happens after is where the stories diverge. 

Wilson had a warrant out for armed robbery. But family members talk about a kid looking to turn his life around. There was no alcohol, drugs or weapons found in the car, police say, and a toxicology report won't be out for weeks to decide if Wilson had anything in his system. 

Brown says Wilson picked him up in the Tahoe and told him it belonged to a friend. As the two headed west on Camelback, they noticed the DPS officer following them and so Wilson made a left turn to see if the officer would follow. Brown says the officer never turned on his lights or siren. Brown remembers that Wilson parked the car between a gas pump and a curb, which had a big blue clothes donation drop off depository in the center next to the road. The officer parked behind the two and got out of his vehicle. 

It was less than a minute between when they stopped and when Wilson died, Brown says. Maybe only long enough for Wilson to put the car in park, think for a few moments, and say, "I'm feelin' to smash, I'm feelin' to smash, I'm feelin' to smash." (The police report says Brown told investigators that Wilson said he was going to "slam it." The only reason this is odd, is if Wilson wanted to "slam" the DPS vehicle he would have to hit the squad car in reverse, and then pull forward to escape on the road. Brown says "feelin' to smash" means to get the hell out of here.) 

Brown says the windows on the vehicle had a pretty good tint, and they never rolled them down and never heard any commands from the officer. The next thing the two noticed was the flashlight on the bottom of the officer's AR15 rifle beaming into the driver's side window. Brown says the officer stood to the side of the vehicle, using the metal blue clothes depository box as cover. 

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Blue bin Brown says the DPS officer used for cover. 


The box is several feet from where Brown says they would have been parked, and if the officer was using it as cover and never moved from the side of it like Brown says, then the officer would have been facing perpendicular to the car the entire time and in seemingly no apparent danger of being run over. 

It was soon after they noticed the officer's light, Brown says, that Wilson tried to put the car into drive and take off. But Wilson accidentally geared it into neutral and the engine revved. A loud bang sounded, the window broke, and the car popped into drive and took off with Wilson now dead, and Brown grabbing at the steering wheel to control it. 

Brown bailed from the car and ran from the scene. But he later turned himself in and police interrogated and released him.

The police report sent to media differed in a  few respects. After he parked behind the Tahoe, the police report recounts Wilson's final moments like this:

"The Officer then positioned himself towards the front of the suspect's vehicle, in the exit of the gas station parking lot; in order to see the occupants and to give them verbal commands, until his back-up could arrive. The driver of the stolen vehicle did not comply and revved the vehicle's engine before putting it into gear ... The vehicle drove at the officer, who fired one time."

Wilson's family wonders why, if he wore a handgun, the officer needed to pull out his assault rife. Phoenix PD is handling the investigation, and Sergeant Trent Crump says a felony stop with a stolen vehicle is a common scenario in which an officer might decide to pull an AR15. 

At the protest Wilson's cousin sent a message to be passed to Governor Brewer, saying they just want a fair investigation of the incident.  "You all act like just because he didn't have a badge it's ok for him to be dead," Donald Greer says. "He's just a child."


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126 comments
doloresP
doloresP

yeah nigger did deserve 2 die.

AZNtv
AZNtv

Stop breaking the law... pretty simple really.

nojailforyou1
nojailforyou1

They must have changed the law recently.  I did not know that the crime of Theft of Means of Transportation-Control (ARS 13-3803-A-1) was punishable by death. I understood it to be a Felony 5 which is not death penalty eligible.  Obviously this cop knows something I didn't.

Dino Cotton
Dino Cotton

They all look like a real stand-up family...

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

And another officer-involved shooting just happened. Good, bring 'em all on. The more the merrier.

jadiewade
jadiewade

wow regardless of what really happened he didn't deserve to die yes pay for his crimes but u all should be ashamed of yourselves for going back n forth about who was right no one raises criminals nor is his parents at fault no one  blamed jeffrey dahmers parents[just an example] you people are so easy to judge when the facts aren't clear either way the stolen car could simply be a girlfriend who got mad he didn't come back with the car honestly though i have no clue and neither do ANY of you because we were not there regardless anytime someone looses their life its a sad day and anytime you have to take a life its a sad day instead of the petty arguing why not take a moment of silence for a human being who is no longer here and for a police officer that had to take his life its not us against them this incident is a tragedy for both parties involved and my opinion is you all need JESUS in your lives  how heartless to say he deserved to die people always assume the worst and  might i add that most of these comments were made by people who have no clue what its like to be profiled by the color of their skin nor do any of us know what its like to get up every morning and risk your life to try and protect and serve may GOD be with both of these families MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM and again SHAME ON YOU ALL i will pray for all of you

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

Yup, he did turn his life around,  we sure don't have to worry about him stealing another vehicle do we!     The police officer did what he had to do to protect himself.  I would of done the same thing. 

Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

Parents of Wilson--Where were you when this child needed you! Were you to busy to parent him?  Were you to busy partying or just doing you own thing.  YOU OWN THIS! Your Son was a criminal who CHOSE TO COMMIT CRIME.   I cry BS he was turning his life around.  I cry Horseshit you gave a damn about him.  YOU,  Parents of Wilson, own this tradegy.  

Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

Where were the parents when this child needed them the most?


Bort-LongYear
Bort-LongYear

Where were the parents when this child needed them the most?


bgray59
bgray59

Sounds like a text book felony stop on a barricaded suspect.  The car was stolen, the occupants were obscured and with the reeving of the engine the Officer had reason to believe he was in danger.

On the surface it appears to be a justifiable shooting.  

I will wait for a fuller report before I offer a critique.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

All of this controversy could have been avoided if he had just been shot to death during the armed robbery for which he was wanted.  Too bad he was raised by animals.


teknik
teknik topcommenter

police always lie


allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

you need to suck one, a big black one.

doloresP
doloresP

@jadiewade yes he did deserve to be shot and killed. you are a dumb nitwit.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@TeaPublican, U R another one jumping into conclusions before an investigation beign conducted and results made public. To me, it is obvious the lack of trainning of this "Police Officer". Who might be another "Trigger Happy" executione; firing a weapon disregarding who else might get injuried or killed if a ricochett happens. TALKING ABOUT PREJUDICED PEOPLE......MORONS.

odg_1991
odg_1991

You fucktard this man opened fire on an entire neighborhood stealing a car doesn't come near you must be some racist country bumpkin hick wanna be blogger

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Jaffy, I know this is asking a lot of you. But read Arizona Revised Statute 13-404.

The law says that physical force is NOT justified if the suspect is resisting an arrest, whether or not the arrest is lawful.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@yourproductsucks, how can U say something as stupid as that? Do U know for a fact that What He did was justified? Hopefuly U R not a flat foot, otherwise U might be a danger.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@teknik That's a slippery-slope arguement. Actually illegals' lie.

sarum
sarum

@doloresP Which government entity do you work for "doloresP?"  Cuz you sure got the attitude of the rank & file employee.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@doloresP @jadiewade LMAO somehow, i have the feeling had that been your friend or family member you would have a different tone dolores. PS no one deserves to die unless they take anothers life and are convicted beyond a reasonable doubt for it. Its called "the law". Try supporting it sometime. 

ps take your bs keyboard warrior talk, and shove it right up that thing thats 3 ft below your empty head. 

cassiemitchell33
cassiemitchell33

Your a dick u need I have ur dick cut the fuck off n shoved down ur throat or in your ass u dumb fuck this was a child who didn't deserve to die so u can go to hell n burn bitch ass cracker who his momma is dope whore (joes momma sells pussy for crack) Rip Alex

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@IdontRecall You are a moron! You'd be begging police to shoot him if it was you or your family in danger instead of the officer.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@IdontRecall  Why do you think that people who believe the police are "jumping to conclusions", but in order to conclude that it's  "obvious" that the cop wasn't trained, you don't seem to need any evidence at all.

Do you understand the concept of "hypocrisy"?  You're a perfect example.

You clearly don't know enough about ricochets to justify your opinion.


yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@MaskedMagician1967 ummm.  ARS 13-404 is addressing the Self Defence Justification.  This particular section states it is not a justification to physically resist arrest regardless of the lawfullness of the arrest. 

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYDUCK, How do U know that They were doing crack? unless U were with Them doing it.... shit, I forgot, since UR mom probably does it, than U think everybody else does it . SCANDALOUS BITCH

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@IdontRecall The officer took one shot which stopped the threat and no one else was injured.  That is a good shot.  Nothing stupid about making that observation. 

My comments did not address justification.  It appears your inept reading comprehension skills qualify as "stupid."

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JoseArpayasoFarts, Jaffy, probavly the only slippery-slope is UR ass. And finally U recognized that U lie.

doloresP
doloresP

@cassiemitchell33 hey screw you and screw alex. i hope cops shoot your nitwit ass too cause that's what u deserve.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@valleynative, lok who's talking ...."I am going to guess that English isn't Your nayive language", there's something called PUNCTUATION,  which is used to clarify meaning and separate structural units, dig it?, which in UR post is missing. ......."Everything you claim to know about how the officer acted is based on what the criminal's friekd says"....U R WRONG AGAIN, let me paraphrase what a said: No evidence is needed to see the Officer's lack of trainning, since His actions  speaks for themselves. COMPREHENDE !!!! Damn!, I feel as if I'm teaching a child. U need to go to adult's school.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@IdontRecall  You're pretty funny.  Read what I said again, parsing it as punctuated this time.  I didn't say anything about the police jumping to conclusions.

Everything you claim to know about how the officer acted is based on what the criminal's friend says.  Does that really seem like a reliable source to you?

You're in no position at all to talk about anybody else's reading comprehension.  I'm going to guess that English isn't your native language and that you aren't doing very well at all in high school.


IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@valleynative, as I said before, it seems to me that U and Jaffy lack comprehension when reading; Tell me, when in the fuck did I post that the "police are jumping to conclusions", I said morons like U. IT STANDS that IT'S VERY OBVIOUS that the copper lacks TRAINNIG, since that's not the way to approach or engage, there's no evidence needed since His actions speaks for themselves. About ricochets, IT'S VERY OBVIOUS THAT after reading all UR ranting posts; UR 2 CELLS BRAIN won't be able to process such complex issue. COMPREHENSION IS NOT UR STRONGEST POINT.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFY, U posted: "Illegals lie", well, there U have it, since U R an "Illegal", comprehend?. Also, there haven't been any results from an investigation, so U R a lier, and probably the Flat Foot doing it as well, U need to stop sucking dick, it's affecting UR 2 brain cells. DIARRHEA FACE.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@IdontRecall I never said I realized I lie because I don't. What is a lie is if you think the shooting wasn't justified. You sorry ass puke!

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