A Mississippi community is outraged after 15-year-old Jaheim McMillan died after being shot by Gulfport Police Department. According to court documents obtained by WLOX, Jaheim McMillan and four other teens were approached by a police officer on Thursday, October 6th, after a call came in and stated a Kia Soul was driving recklessly, rolled down their window, and was “flipping them off.”The documents also state that “the caller and his passenger said they saw the right rear passenger in the Kia Soul brandished a firearm” at a red light and also put on a “camouflage ski mask” and pointed a gun at them. Eventually, the caller was able to lose the Kia Soul.
Shortly after, police spotted a Kia Soul that matched the description made by the caller in the parking lot of a Family Dollar. According to police, an officer approached an “armed” suspect, McMillan, which led to shots fired by the officer. McMillan was shot in the head and rushed to Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
An eyewitness account of the incident contradicts police reports. A woman by the name of Deborah Stout was recorded saying she did not see McMillan with a gun and his hands were up when he was shot.
I saw the cop shoot the guy. I did not see a gun on him, she stated. He was coming out of the store with his hands up. I had just pulled in, and I saw what happened.
Mary Spivery, mother to Kyion Bell and one of the teens in the car with McMillan, stated her son told her that McMillan did not have a gun.
I said, ‘So why did they say Jaheim had a gun?’ Spivery said. He was like, ‘Mama, Jaheim did not have a gun.