Report Finds DPS Shooting of Alexander Wilson Justified, But Witness Says Officer Was Not In Danger

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Phoenix PD released a report that rules the shooting death of 16-year-old Alexander Wilson by a still unnamed DPS officer was justifiable. 

The police report states that the officer feared for his life when Wilson tried to flee in an SUV and was therefore justified in the shooting. But the report also reveals a man police interviewed who says the DPS officer was not in the line of harm, appeared to have confidently and assertively approached the vehicle, fired before the SUV moved, and even says that after the shooting he over heard the officer telling another cop that the suspect "had pulled out a gun on me."

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The shooting has stirred some in the community to call it an act of an officer abusing his authority, or even racial profiling, and the family has retained a lawyer.  

On Sunday, April 7, around 930 p.m. near 27th Avenue and Camelback road, a DPS officer ran the license of a tan Chevrolet Tahoe and the plates came back stolen. The officer followed Wilson and his passenger, 18-year-old Will Brown, to 35th Avenue and Camelback Road. The officer tailed the car into a Chevron, parking about five feet behind the SUV. 

Wilson had a warrant out for his arrest because he had missed a probation meeting, concerning a prior robbery, where he faked he had a gun under his shirt and stole a car and a man's wallet and phone. the surviving passenger, Brown, later told police he didn't know the car was stolen and they were borrowing the SUV from a friend who said he had just bought it. 

The DPS officer could not have know this, and he also could have only speculated as to who was in the car, or if they were armed. The officer knew they weren't getting gas because the gas nozzle was on the other side, facing away from the pump, and he could make out that there were two Black males in the front. The officer had not put on his sirens or his lights, not even the spotlight on top. 

Even so, he sprang from his car with his AR15 rifle and headed toward the SUV. 

Twenty-three-year-old Refugio Rodriguez had run out of gas and was walking toward the station, gas can in hand. He saw a Tahoe pull into the station, and later a DPS car. The two cars were maybe a little more than 10 feet away from where he stood. 

"Put up your hands!" Rodriguez told police he heard the DPS officer scream. 

The officer held his rifle out and moved past a blue clothes recycling bin, up over a curb and within a foot of the Tahoe with his rifle steadied, a flashlight on the rifle's end beaming into the driver side window of the SUV. 


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The Chevron and blue donation box near where the DPS officer shot Wilson.


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loboco76
loboco76

Dear New Times...

This is what, the 5th writeup on this, 6th?  And still key details are either omitted or contradictory?

What's the true story here and where are you trying to go with this...?

I have read your paper many years and can't tell you how many things I read here first...so I know your reporting "can be" top-notch.  But this is just reconstituting the same basic story and making up different details each time.  

I am disappointed.

don.dodondo
don.dodondo

It is hard to have sympathy for someone who not only deliberately refuses to follow the orders of a police officer when he has a gun pointed at him but who decides to try and speed away in a two-ton truck.  If he had followed the officer's directions he would be alive right now.  Case closed.

logicman
logicman

I doubt this has anything to do with race, but probably more with a cop making a poor decision.

jglen
jglen

... missing from all these comments, is the fact that this is arizony folks, cops dont need to lie, that murdering pos aptly named loveless shot the mother driving out of the pharmacy (huge crime huh jaf-off) over the babys head and into her back, yet hes still a pygg feedn on the publictroff courtesy the molester of pinal cty... then we had the wannabe shurff out in buckeye shoot the 16 yr old boy in a fleeing vehicle w/o any knowlege a crime had been committed & he got a walk ... and on and on it goes, look at the panic't nutcases over in la shooting up the newspaper ladys ... they'll get a free pass too ... pity theres so few real peace officers who respect the constitution, ... rather than jaf-offs drug war-public$$ thugs w/ toyz&badges


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

A couple inconsistencies that I’d love to see resolved:

1.The suggestion is that the car was in neutral, not drive, when Wilson revved the engine, yet it had enough momentum to crash through the wall and into a house.Seems to me like to have that much momentum the car had to be in gear.I know a Tahoe is a big, heavy vehicle, but the area was flat and I’d be surprised if it could generate enough energy to just roll through a cinderblock wall and into a house if it was only in neutral.

2.AZCentral’s reporting state’s that the officer shot through the windshield. This article quotes Maupin as saying, “The officer shot through the driver side window, meaning he was not in front of the vehicle, and was in no present danger of being ran over.” But AZCentral quotes Maupin as saying, “The report does not clearly prove that the officer was in front of the vehicle,” Maupin said. “Secondly, it’s not clear that the officer shot through the windshield or through the passenger window. Was the officer directly in front of this vehicle?”Did the shot go through the windshield or side window and where does the autopsy show Wilson was struck by the bullet (front of head or side of head).

3.Not related to the actual incident, but why does Maupin think he has any credibility after signing on with Jason Rose to represent Amy’s Baking Company?

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

The witnesses are not credible. Of course they said what they said being that they are against the police. The shooting was justified!

First of all, the suspect was attempting to flee in a stolen SUV.  Don't you know that when the police say stop they mean STOP?  Police just don't turn on their lights and sirens for nothing.

The suspect had a lengthy criminal history so it's no big loss that he's no longer breathing the air we all breathe. I say good riddance!  So please, let this be a warning to anybody else who might decide to pull the same stunt in the future: know that when police say STOP they mean it or you could end up in a grave too just like this thug has.  Do you complende?

FuckThePolice
FuckThePolice

Fucking pigs, kill now and lie later is they're motto.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Because a gun wasn't found in the vehicle doesn't mean one wasn't there as the officer suggests.  The "innocent" passenger of this stolen vehicle did flee and had ample opportunity to ditch any weapon(s) or other illegal contraband during his flight.  

Bnbk
Bnbk

@JohnQ.Public There are many thing that are not adding up,your first point is spot on. The article states that the car revved up like the driver could not get it into gear, The tahoe may have very well been in gear,but with the transmission slipping,from low trans fluid level or some other mechanical failure  and then eventually going into gear. I would like to know,which cinder block wall and which house was the tahoe supposed to have run into ? If you google map 35th ave and Camelback,there are no houses near that intersection.The closest houses are on the East side of 35th Ave well south of Camelback. Does anyone mean to tell me the tahoe made it onto 35th Ave,headed southeast and ran into a house ? Also the article does not state if there were other witnesses. What about the people working at the Cheveron ? This area is generally busy,day or night. There are eating establishments on both the NE and SE corners that are always busy. I find it hard to beleive there were no other witnesses. It would be nice if PNT could post a link to the Police report so we could all come to our own conclusions instead of relying on some one elses interpetation of the report.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@JohnQ.Public The true inconsistancy to this story is the assumption the officer felt he was going to be ran over. Lemons jumped to conclusions based on limited information and no statement from the officer in order to surmise the officer feared he was in danger of being ran over. The released report indicates he fired at the suspect after the suspect pointed a gun at him.

Of course, we all know that this fella couldn't have had a gun, because there are laws prohibiting him from carrying one.

squash
squash

@yourproductsucks Or...perhaps the cop who shot Wilson made up the whole thing about having a gun pointed at him to make the shooting seem more justifiable. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

So, in other words, police mentality says that all people are guilty until proven innocent.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@shadeaux14 No,police mentality is that he could have had a gun and the officer felt his life was in danger.  Of course he was guilty! Are you an idiot or what?  If he wasn't guilty of something, why was he trying to flee? You just don't get it do you?

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@FuckThePolice and?  The other fella ran and wasn't caught until he turned himself in the next day.  He left the door open when he fled.  If he'd remained and no weapon or drugs had been found, well then, that would certainly make the officer's statements more difficult to believe. 

His fleeing begs the question. 

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@david_saint01 Where is that claim made?  I think that PNT writers have surmised that.

The information above indicates that the officer believed the driver "had pulled a gun.." 

 Nowhere in this article, or in the released report does it state that the officer believed he was going to be run over.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks @shadeaux14 it sounds rather suspicious to me..he claims he was going to be run over right? but he shot through the driver window? that doesnt add up at all. Sounds like a DJ Henry type case here. 

teknik
teknik topcommenter

no, we all know what it's like to be garaged by police and have them tell lies. they do presume guilt..

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