STORY: Austin police officers fatally shot an armed man in an alley outside a nightclub where rapper NBA Youngboy was performing early Friday morning, police said.
Police have not officially identified the man but his family did on social media, as did NBA Youngboy.
“We from the same hood same street he way came way out to Austin, Texas, to support me,” the rapper from Baton Rogue posted on his Instagram. Aquantis “Ajay” Griffin, 21, was identified by his father Sheldon Griffin who found out his son was dead via social media posts. Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Troy Gay said eight officers fired at Griffin; Gay did not identify him. Gay said multiple cameras captured the incident. He said it’s not clear whether he fired at police, but he was running with a gun “pointed toward the direction” of where police were, Gay said. Gay said it was a “tragic, sad day.” All eight officers have been placed on administrative leave as the incident is investigated. One of the officers used a taser, not a gun, Gay said. Gay repeated a number of times that many cameras recorded the incident and need to all be examined. At around 1 .m., Gay said, 911 calls of shots fired behind the club came in, and officers responded to the alley where the shots were heard coming from. He said there were reports of two men firing guns. Gay said police arrived and heard the gunshots and while not going in the alley, saw an individual running toward them with a gun. He reiterated that the man was armed and said the gun was pointed in the direction of the area where officers were. He said police gave “multiple commands” to the man and then, eight officers fired on him and he “went down.” One of he cops used a taser not a gun. Gay said officers performed life-saving measures and he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:22 a.m., Gay said. via: heavy.com