WATCH: Phoenix Cops Kill Man after Responding to Noise Complaint over Video Game

Carlos Miller

Ryan Whitaker was sitting at home with his girlfriend playing video games when he was killed by police.

A noise complaint from an annoyed neighbor resulted in cops shooting and killing a man within five seconds of him opening his front door.

Ryan Whitaker opened the door holding a gun in his right hand which is legal in Arizona but it made the cops fear for their lives.

However, the cops never gave him a chance to put the gun down which he appeared to be trying to do when one cop shot him in the back three times.

"Why did you guys shoot him?" Whitaker's girlfriend, Brandee Nees, yelled as she stepped into the doorway.

"He just pulled a gun on us, ma'am," Phoenix police officer Jeff Cooke said.

"Because it's dark and someone just knocked on the door," Nees responded.

When Phoenix police officer John Ferragamo asked Nees if she and Whitaker had been fighting, she told him they were only playing video games.

"Literally we were making salsa and playing Crash Bandicoot so there may have been some screaming from PlayStation but it wasn’t domestic violence or anything," she said.

The incident took place on May 22 after an upstairs neighbor called police to complain about the noise.

"I gotta get to work tomorrow and I'm getting no sleep," said the neighbor in the second 911 call he made to police at 10:44 p.m.

When the dispatcher asked if the verbal argument has turned physical, he said it had turned physical but sounded as if he was just saying that to get police to respond quicker.

"It could be physical," he said. "I could say yeah if that makes anybody hurry on up. Get anybody here faster."

The cops arrived eight minutes later and knocked on the door with one of them yelling "Phoenix police" before both of them stepped off to the side, making it impossible for anybody to see them through the peephole. When Whitaker opened the door with the gun to his side, the cops shined their flashlights in his face, blinding him before noticing the gun.

"Whoa! Hands! Hands! Hands!" Ferragamo yelled as Whitaker lowered his body with his left hand in the air and his right hand appearing to be putting the gun down.

Cooke then fired three times, shooting him in the back.

Earlier that day, Whitaker had attended his daughter's high school graduation.

Ryan Whitaker with his children at his daughter's graduation.

Whitaker's family has been demanding justice for his slaying, according to AZ Central:

"They shot my brother in cold blood and murdered him – murdered him," Steven said.

He challenged Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams to fire Cooke, who has been with Phoenix PD for about three years, and arrest him for murder.

"We want justice for Ryan," he said. "Be accountable for your actions. Hold people accountable."

"This proved everything I've been saying," Whitaker's sister, Katie Baeza, said. "In a fraction of a second, Jeff Cooke was a judge, jury and executioner of my brother."

"If you watch that video and are OK with it, you need to step down," she continued, directing her comment at Williams. She also said the man who called 911 escalated the situation unnecessarily and should be held accountable for that.

Bodycam footage was released last month but police say they are still "investigating" whether they will charge Cooke.

The video above includes the shooting from both cameras, including portions in slow motion as well as statements from Whitaker's girlfriend that they were not fighting. The 911 call that claimed they were fighting is also included. The caller has not been identified.

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Data1
Data1

BS.... I stopped the slow mo at 57 at 101 you can clearly see both arms stretched out out in front of him...before he was killed.... the shooter had to have seen this even at normal speed.... the weapon was on the floor, then arms stretched out, then the 3 dap kill shot also notice that his left arm is already out as he was placing the weapon down... look at the video again then comment.....

souldriver
souldriver

Clearly it's fubar. Cops should have been in clear sight. Also the gun was pointed down.. I'm sure people make mistakes in the heat of the moment but this idiot didn't even think and just shot.

JaytheHard
JaytheHard

This is a murder, he represented no threat to any of them, why do cops behave like Americans having a gun is illegal, charge this coward for murder, he never had a chance to stand down.

Jaybeoh
Jaybeoh

Why were they hiding so he couldn't see who was at the door before opening it? That officer needs charged with murder!

CadetBear
CadetBear

So this guy came out with a gun behind his back, all badass and gangster, with the intent of terrorizing his complaining neighbor, I'm assuming? How would that have gone? Are we supposed to feel sorry for this pos? Cops are demon vessels. Before met after.

Someguy123
Someguy123

What a piece of shit cop to not even give this man a chance to put down his gun, and fuck that neighbor, he needs his ass beat and bloodied up for what he did.

Charge that cop for murder and the neighbor for false reporting/swatting

scrotumologist
scrotumologist

cops wonder why the public HATES THEM. MANY ASSHOLE neighbors can EASILY call 911 and say they are hearing a fight above them and the Cops come like hellfire. This is so disgusting and this scumbag pig needs to be in Jail for LIFE and the scumbag neighbor arrested for causing this to happen.

DEFUND THE PIGS

Frank smith
Frank smith

Another ammosexual choose a gun and was killed, just because someone knocks on your door you don't need your fetish.

Sljm
Sljm

Please tell me these poor people have a lawyer. And they need to go after that lying ass neighbor. He probably never made an attempt to go to those people's house and ask them to keep it down..this is just sad. And if he did and was scared off by the man then he lied and filed a false report, which is a crime and if someone is killed during said crime the neighbor is also responsible for his death.

Drgnn
Drgnn

Asshole upstairs neighbor should be charged as well for swatting

claysow
claysow

sure are and they are poor whites that man had no right to shoot and kill that man I don't care what the police manual he seen that man putting that gun down and I know I don't care what nobody say you can't justify that and I'm a black man some of these police officers love that job because it gives them power over the weak and the nonaccentual, they had plan to kill that man before they even got there and the nut who called should know the difference from video and fighting he didn't see the other officer behind him and any time somebody set up and agree with out right police murder I wonder what would they say if it was their child because we all have somebody we love police enforce the law and not their will.

Liberalsaredumb
Liberalsaredumb

the man clearly had a gun sign #1 he had his had behind his back in a suspicious way sign #2 he lowered his hand it was in a trigger discipline form #3 he didn't comply with the officers request for his hand. when an officer says hands that means what ever you have in your hand or hands you drop it and put your hands away from that object and where the officer or officers can clearly see you are not a threat. cops are trained and disciplined to observe a threat and take correct action to said situation. say what you want about cops being power hunger, racist and all that it just proves the point that YOU as a singular person did not under go police or military training

Danoldo
Danoldo

Cops are human. Humans make mistakes. Mistakes are sometimes life sentences after being convicted of murder if you shoot a dude in the back whom posed no threat. Sorry officer, but you goin to jail.

PapaPsych
PapaPsych

Rookie mistake opening a door exposed like that, and an absolutely senseless use of force. Another White man shot and killed by police, yet the media will not cover it because us White Americans are shot at 3x the rate of Black Americans.

Shadows_breathe
Shadows_breathe

These cops don't need a family to go back to. No mercy for the blues. Put them behind bars or let us be the judge and executioner of their lives.

Why212not
Why212not

Looks like nobody cares about this because he’s white, if he were black there would be a much different response

Fuck 12
Fuck 12

So what I'm seeing is since the people who are supposed to uphold the law don't won't and refuse to than its okay for us to do the same to them. No law no peace . No logic no peace. U want war? I'm positive the us people will gladly burn your cities and cops and shit again to send you yet another message regarding how poorly you dumb cunts do your jobs and run this once great country. The us used to lead the world in power and political prowess and now the us is nothing but a laughing stock . We have a litteral clown for a president who tweets classified shit like a schoolgirl tweeting to her friends about the new outfit she got. He's all over the place spreading fake news and lying and has given these officers the freedom to do this. Some people clearly have yet to watch the video of trump at a rally saying if they don't listen you shoot them . Even if they do and you feel threatened shoot em. This is what the plan is from now on . So getting mad over seeing the 40th murder video by cops ..even after the pointless riots that like history showed proved nothing and changed nothing and made everything worse just shows that there isn't anything we can do unless we end the government and the police. Uk a simple pipe bomb @ each station would solve alot 🤷‍♂️

Pig__Slayer
Pig__Slayer

The cowardly, nutless pig who murdered this man, he should be dragged from the station house, gut shot several times, then shot in the kneecaps and elbows and made to crawl on broken glass for miles, then set on fire. Put him out with 20lb. sledgehammers.

ZiggySeid
ZiggySeid

Those officers are such absolute cowards. Their fathers raised worthless cowards, and their mothers contributed nothing to the human race.

This is America. If you are so afraid that a man answering the door to his own home while armed causes you to react with such absolute fear, that you kill him on sight, you should not be a police officer. This is not Vietnam. There are rules.
He should never have worn the uniform. And the men and women who trained him, should not be police officers either, given the result of their work. They cannot bring back the dead.

He immediately put his hand up and went to put the gun down and they still shot him. They did not warn him, the man who shot and killed him did not say a single word to him before he opened fire. They never gave him the chance, because they were too fucking stupid to consider that they had not heard them announce that they were police, and that all he had heard was loud banging on his door late at night. This is why police officers who die in no knock raids are at fault and while they may not deserve to die, they certainly do not deserve to live.

This man should not have died. The one officer tries to justify it to the lady, but there is no argument that can be made. They killed him because they were stupid and cowardly and should not have been trusted to guard a pile of feces, let alone the public peace.

The officer who killed him should be shot dead in the street without warning, just as he treated our countryman. That would be fair and equal justice. Police should be held to higher standards if they expect higher levels of authority and respect. As it is, they are not worthy to taste my spit. If Phoenix police do not remove these men from the force and deny them all benefits (unlike the Mesa PD who rehire murdering criminal scum so that they could have their pensions) and implement intensive changes to training, procedures, and new hiring practices in order to avoid such abject cowardice in the future, then they deserve to bury all of their men.

Pete P.
Pete P.

Who trains these people?! They're brainwashing them into paranoid delicate darlings who will shoot at a mosquito if it even thinks of landing on them. Such fear-ridden excuses for men should be replaced by robots. The robots would do a far better job in terms of speed of assessing the situation, wouldn't overreact out of fear, would be trained far more easily, would be equipped with multiple tools to enable arrest almost always without shooting, be much more accurate if shooting was necessary, commit fewer operational errors that allow criminals to get away on technicalities, wouldn't be racially biased, would follow the law, wouldn't get corrupted by the power of a shiny badge… If you're going to defund, put the money towards kinder, gentler robots!

Digital_Blackshirt
Digital_Blackshirt

I hope that pig gets a late night visit for a noise complaint too. Was it smart to open the door and come out with a gun like that? No. But what happened after? He keeps the gun behind him. You aren't getting shot unless he shoots through himself. He sets the gun down behind himself with his other hand presented. He does all of this without doing anything like running back into the house. DUMB SHIT PIG yells "hands" and is already squeezing off rounds. His gun was behind him, basically on the the ground, you stupid fucking cunt. I hope you get bit by a crackhead with herpes and the wound gets infected. Bitch.

Anonymous50320
Anonymous50320

Average person fears for their life at the wrong time and acts out on it: psychosis! untermensch! lock him up and drug him for his own good, or send him to the electric chair!

Cop fears for his or her life at the wrong time and acts out on it: other cops band together to support their fellow ubermensch and prove that he can truly do no wrong. Paid leave or administrative duty unless he or she becomes a designated "bad apple" and gets scapegoated for everything else that cops do.

No hypocrisy here. Nope. None. Doesn't seem like anything to me.

DavidGraves
DavidGraves

was he a criminal?

DJM1991
DJM1991

Sad very sad but Im going to say what they say when others are killed by the police “well he should not have resisted arrest!!”

SybalsChild
SybalsChild

Nice victin blaming bro

Palpow
Palpow

All lives matters.shot in back we're was threat for this officer to use deadly force.what ever happened to shoot to stop not kill.shoot to stop. Wasn't even needed.this officer need to be charged along with 911 caller.

crashlikethunder
crashlikethunder

you made an account to post that dumb shit? racist ass. this is why no one gives a fuck.

Palpow
Palpow

The man was following orders.as most victims of police shooting.the caller of 911 should be held accountable.my Condolences to the family.

Mr.2nd
Mr.2nd

These guys should have areal legal problem and never carry guns again. Yelling hands and pulling the trigger almost simultaneously is nuts. This crap of "let me say your hands" is real Buffalo Biscuits. most people don't react to that and don't totally understand it . Cops think it's cute. It is stupid! WHATEVER HAPPENED TO RAISE YOUR HANDS? That most people understand. I will bet that people have been shot because some cop yelled "let me see your hands, somebody stuck their hands straight out and the defense was "I thought he was pointing a weapon at me". CHANGE THE FRIGGING LANGUAGE, you stupid Chiefs, to something EVERYBODY would recognize.

gawsatsa
gawsatsa

Can you fucking retards for once in your pathetic life stop commenting about the color of someones skin. Who gives a fuck if he's black or white, who cares if this happened or didn't happen to someone else. Seriously who fucking cares none of you actually give a fuck about the man who died and probably don't give a fuck about any other person that died. You just wanna push the agenda of skin color and only make it about that instead of addressing actual issues.

Hasasin1
Hasasin1

This is truly sad

Now what if "WE" answered the same way "THEY" answer about "US" in these same situations???

Play stupid games win stupid prizes 🙄

Stop resisting 🙄

We didn't see the whole video 🙄

He was suspended from school in the 5th grade 🙄

Those cops have families to get home too 🙄

He had a gun so He definitely deserved to die

ETC

These are just a SMALL EXAMPLE OF THE MANY horrible excuses used to justify killing "US"

Keep that same energy when it's "US"

anglingarchitect
anglingarchitect

he wasn't black, so no riots, no news coverage

Jazzyisbella
Jazzyisbella

not only should the cop who shot an innocent be punishment. So should the neighbor for lying. This makes me sick as hell. I hope he gets justice it's not right.

RetiredDA
RetiredDA

The cop should be charged with negligent homicide. But there are more lessons to be learned.

Stupidity and a gun mentality can be deadly.

Its almost 11 p.m. you hear an unexpected knock at your door. You have two options.

  1. you say to yourself "great, finally, I have a chance to pull out my gun" You grab it, open your door with your gun in hand and a snarl on your face.

  2. you keep the fucking door closed and locked. You wait for a second knock. You might even peek out the peep hole. And If you do, and see nothing, you certainly dont open the fucking door. At most you ask "who is it?"

if you are a scared and paranoid gun owner and grab it before you go to the door, fine. But you need to remember that being armed and at the ready doesn't guarantee your safety. If this now dead man thought there was danger on the other side of the door, he should have also realized that hey, if it was so easy for me to get a gun, then there is a good chance whoever is on the other side of the door might have one as well.

Guns dont necessarily guarantee safety. This man had a life expectancy of slightly over 84 years. Had he never bought a gun, he would have prbably lived for another thirty plus years. So not only did the gun not ensure his safety. It was the proximate cause of his early demise.

Gun mentality + stupidity + scared untrained cops = deep do-doo

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

it is all reactionary training. blue lies mafia criminal see's gun, shoot first question later! never-mind that it is an innocent victim protecting there home from an UNKNOWN intruder!
until these clowns learn that this shit is not OK! this shit will never end! this POS needs to be made an example of!

EssDeeAre
EssDeeAre

Also, just for the record, he won't get justice. They've killed plenty of people who were unarmed and got away with it. Yall really think they gonna get charged when the guy was ACTUALLY armed. You're joking right?

EssDeeAre
EssDeeAre

ima say whats been said to black people for the longest now. "If he listened to the police, he would've never got shot."

Dman3626
Dman3626

I hope guy this doesn't have any secrets in his past. People probably won't even look like they do when somebody black gets killed by the police

Rynosaur18
Rynosaur18

Murder!!! It's a perfectly legal act to carry a firearm, especially when answering the door in the middle of the night. Fuck these cops!!!!

Bossman305
Bossman305

Hey, here's a good idea. Why not stand in front of the peephole so he could have seen who was knocking on the door in the middle of the night. Then he complies and is still killed.

i 8 1 2 many
i 8 1 2 many

Sounds like "swatting" which is illegal.

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RonaldDumsfeld
RonaldDumsfeld

What is swatting?

GoBackLedditor
GoBackLedditor

It's not swatting, it was a noise complaint

Anonymous50320
Anonymous50320

Swatters don't get in trouble as often as they should. People who swat with mental health crisis calls don't get in trouble except in the rarest of circumstances, despite MSbP being a codified illness...

stk33
stk33

Note that the cop had to make step forward in order to be able to shoot the guy, because the guy was already retreating. and the cop did not have line of fire. It looks like he shot him not because of any threat, but in order to stop his retreat back to home.

valeforheya
valeforheya

cop should be charged with murder, person that called in, involuntary manslaughter. guy came out as anyone would to someone knocking in the middle of the night. saw it was cops. and instantly started to put the gun down before the scum bag cop shot him in the back. coward hiding behind the badge!

TruthTeller79
TruthTeller79

He was a thug. He should have followed the police orders and he'd still be alive. Well at least this is what most would say if he was Black or a person of color. Oh well I hope the family receives justice, cus this is definitely murder.

Norbertdx
Norbertdx

Am I to understand the Officer that had clear line of sight seeing the victim lowering the weapon used the old cliche excuse of fearing for his life? Well, shouldn't the victim have that same fear?
As for the complaint caller, do you think they're sleeping good now? I'm figuring they shouldn't have any sleep issues now. And we all know more likey the caller just added the spice to ensure they came by saying it sounds violent.

Whats_N_A_Name
Whats_N_A_Name

Dude put a hand up and was putting the gun down, if the cop feared for his live then it is a given the general populace should fear for theirs when in the presence of LEO, after all, it isn't we the people shooting people, getting a paid vacation, then letting the tax payer pick up the tab. Its time to articulate our fear for our lives to those with the badge then act decisively to defend ourselves. I'll take my chances with the courts.

Gooy knows
Gooy knows

White lives matter

FuCooke
FuCooke

Fuck you cooke, you fuckin scum of the planet! Karma will get you! You didn’t even give him a chance to comply. This is fuckin murder! I hope you rot in a fuckin jail cell with someone who hates cops, you pos!