Man With Disassembled Toy Gun With Orange Cap Shot in the Head by Cop
YAKIMA — A man has been shot in the head and killed by a police officer while sitting in his car with a disassembled toy gun.
It was a toy airsoft gun with a bright orange cap and it was separated into different pieces, according to reports.
The man was peaceful and was simply on his way to get his fiance’s car washed.
His death has deeply saddened his family and community.
“At night I can’t sleep,” said his fiance. “I mean, I wake up at 3 am.”
The man leaves behind his relatives, his fiance, and his 4 month old baby son.
The police claim that the officer who pulled the trigger thought that the car was “suspicious.”
But no reason is given as to why it was “suspicious” and Rocendo Arias, the 23-yr-old victim, had no criminal felony records.
“You know, he had to go to work at five. And, just because he’s sitting in his car, it’s ‘suspicious’ … at a 24-hour car wash?” She asked.
Yakima Police say that officer Casey Gilette was watching Rocendo for over an hour.
After an hour, officer Gilette secretly approached the car and simply opened the door without announcing himself, according to reports.
He then gunned down Rocendo, shooting him four times, once to the head — executing the young man immediately.
Was this yet another case of a frightened, trigger-happy officer who was spying on a peaceful American and hoping to take down an evil “terrorist”?
Officer Gilette is scheduled to be interviewed later this week in his department as part of the “investigation.”
He has been given paid leave in the meantime.
He has been with the Department for 14 months, according to reports.
The victim’s family says that the toy gun had been stuck under the car seat for weeks.
They think that Rocendo was simply cleaning his car before taking it through the car wash.
“He was a good man,” says Elena Reyes, his fiance’s sister. “He was the best man my sister could ever find.”
“They were going to get married, they were going to grow old together and now, he’s gone,” she said, devastated.
“Can you understand why the officer reacted the way he did?” asked Kima TV in an interview with Reyes.
”No, I don’t understand why he did,” said Reyes. “I just know that’s it’s wrong. I just know that there were other ways to handle it.”
The story comes on the back of another recent incident involving an officer who executed a child — the child was walking in a field with a toy gun that had transparent casing. The officer was able to keep his job, which sparked angry protests.
The fact remains: even if these victims did have real firearms, police would have no right to open fire on them for exercising the 2nd amendment.