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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Auburn Tiger
Auburn Tiger

All Cop's Are Pig's That They Can Go Out Here To Shoot People And Get Off

Cam5e
Cam5e

That cop should be in Jail. That is an execution. And if you know, have the balls to show yourselves.

IntrospectThis
IntrospectThis

Why do I imagine the guy who called 911 hearing the gunshots in his bed, smiling and pulling the comforter up to his chin all snug? I hope he got a fucking good night's sleep

IMMADABOUTTHIS
IMMADABOUTTHIS

These cops should be sent to fucking prison. It was dark and he was not sure who would be knocking at his door AT NIGHT. Self defense is ok and everyone wants to make it where it’s not!! These cops are asses. You don’t like what i say in MY OPINION then just keep scrolling. The we’re playing fucking video games for crying out loud!!!! 🤬🤬🤬🤬 but i bet because the man is white this will not be on the news. ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMMADABOUTTHIS
IMMADABOUTTHIS

These cops should be sent to fucking prison. It was dark and he was not sure who would be knocking at his door AT NIGHT. Self defense is ok and everyone wants to make it where it’s not!! These cops are asses. You don’t like what i say in MY OPINION then just keep scrolling. The we’re playing fucking video games for crying out loud!!!! 🤬🤬🤬🤬 but i bet because the man is white this will not be on the news. ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

rben
rben

This so sad, this guy was clearly complying and not a threat. Soon as he saw the cop in front of him he put his hands in the air, got on his knees and put the gun down. That punk behind him had no right to shoot him. I'm telling you all these punks see this as a badge of honor to shoot and kill someone. I'm a black male and the reason why i'm making that know is to say that this is wrong regardless of race. I can guarantee you he is going to say he feared for his partners life and get off. Once again we shouldn't believe our lying eyes. F-ThePolice

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

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YeahRightIdiot
YeahRightIdiot

And your entire comment makes me think that you know absolutely nothing about psychology.

This entire incident was less than 5 seconds. That's barely enough time to hear a loudly barked order let alone comprehend and respond to it.

If this piss-poor reaction is how police are trained to respond to a situation like this then their training is shitty.

In America we're all granted the right to protect ourselves with guns, for better or for worse. That means the police need to be ready for someone to open the door armed, since it's not a crime to do so.

It's exceptionally clear from the video that he was placing his firearm on the ground and that all of his body language indicated he was complying. Not to mention dropping a firearm like you suggest carries the possibility of it discharging - no responsible gun owner would ever do that.

Fuck this cop. Disgrace to the badge. I hope he has a life full of guilt.

And fuck the piece of shit neighbor who made the nuisance 911 call because the poor baby couldn't sleep.

jdogg5543
jdogg5543

youre a fucking idiot if he think he should of dropped the gun on the gun where it can discharge. Jesus christ, he aint gonna shoot you while blinded and falling sideways on his knees....

theunborn999
theunborn999

he did to comply with the with the officers as soon he heard hand he try to put down the gun

BaconfreeSociety
BaconfreeSociety

I seriously hope police kill your entire family so I can watch you sing and dance the victim-blame song again. Useless mutt

IntelCamp
IntelCamp

Besides the fact that this altercation happened in 5 seconds, them hiding around the corners, them blinding him, one cop said "HANDS, HANDS, HANDS!" while the second cop said "PUT YOUR HANDS DOWN!" and then immediately shot him. Unbelievable.

GoBackLedditor
GoBackLedditor

Same to you, you mutt. Go do the same thing the guy did and I'll happily watch you get shot to pieces as well.

GoBackLedditor
GoBackLedditor

Are you dumb? Who the hell opens the door and aggressively walks toward someone with a gun in their hand without checking who it is first? The guy deserved his darwin reward.

some_random_guy
some_random_guy

I agree, the problem here is the police/military training. It's incorrect inept training. Anybody can see he is shot in the act of complying with directives.

JBug1217
JBug1217

Are you delusional? He was setting the gun down. Obviously he couldn’t see who was at his door. When someone knocks then leaves view point most times if you open it you could be attacked. He was shoot 3 times in the back! Think you’re obviously are they kind of person that thinks murder is okay if you wearing a badge. They should be held accountable. Like anyone else. Police need better training. That’s the problem. You’re the problem.

MarkB904
MarkB904

Don't listen to the babies I thant the something. I would probably had shot the man myself.

Austheboss
Austheboss

You are an evil delusional pos, that man was only trying to protect his loved ones. Read the full article, cops stepped away from door so they couldn’t be seen and immediately flashed there lights in his face when he exited the apartment. It’s clear his thought process was justified and when he realized what was going on immediately attempted to put his gun down. This shouldn’t happen and dam you for trying to justify what they did to this man. You ignorant lowlife

SpeakerFTD
SpeakerFTD

This is your first problem...

"police or military training"

They should be completely different things. As unrelated as learning to cook and learning to code. The fact that people think they are one and the same is our first problem.

All police organizations should be demilitarized. All the surplus military equipment that flowed to police orgs should be removed.

And these two clowns should be prosecuted.

evilevilmommy
evilevilmommy

You obviously don't know anything about guns, dropping a weapon abruptly like that when there is a bullet in the chamber and the safety is off can cause it to go off. Stop defending gestapo.

Cmagg177
Cmagg177

You quite obviously have zero training lol. You also have no fucking clue what your talking about. I was a military operator for 6 years and highly trained with 2 tours under my belt in Afghanistan. That cop was a fucking idiot lol, ill trained and highly in the wrong. Left hand went straight up as right hand went to the ground to set the pistol down safely as to not go off from dropping. The man with the pistol had more training than the cop. If a cop said raise your hands you never ever raise the gun hand with a pistol cause you definitely get shot 100 percent of the time then. That officer was a scared little pussy, he had zero threat of being shot being at the back of the man dropping the gun. Last thats not a suspicious way to hold a gun, thats how 95 percent of people answer the door at night Incase it’s actually not problem at all to not alarm people. I do not believe all cops are bad. I back the blue 100 percent but your backing something that is completely wrong. That makes you an idiot that is not trained and talked like you are trained coming from a actual war vet. Don’t defend peoples wrong actions only when they are in the right. You give us conservatives a bad name.

Tyty123479
Tyty123479

So you agree, the police are poorly trained. idk how anyone can review this and say the police handled this properly. It’s better to admit they made a mistake instead of try justify them killing the man because of protocol and training. This was horrible and tragic

Skreeee
Skreeee

Are you kidding me? He saw it was police, crouched down, put up his hand, and was setting down his gun, CAREFULLY POINTING IT AWAY FROM THEM THE WHOLE TIME

Iwanka Drumpf
Iwanka Drumpf

Now tell us how cop nuts taste and feel in your mouth as you lovingly caress them with your bootlicking tongue.

Q1776
Q1776

Your pretty ignorant with your logic. A gun owner knows not to “drop” their weapon as it can cause the firearm to auto fire.
Both police hid their body beh