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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TheSimpleton
TheSimpleton

He clearly was backing away and putting the gun on the floor. The police were at the sides of the door and could not be seen through the peephole. They also came at night. I don't care if they said "it's the police" or whatever, anyone can claim to be the police when you cannot see them.

"He pulled a gun on us", yeah he did because he had no idea who the hell you idiots were and it was in the middle of the night. This is straight up murder, plain and simple. A man literally gets killed for making salsa and playing Crash Bandicoot.

The 911 caller should be identified as well. He was the one who sent the minions to his home. He made a false report, therefore he is a criminal and he should face criminal charges.

Samm505
Samm505

You can tell they didn't give a fuck. They went in thinking it was a domestic disturbance an obviously let that fear influence how they were going to handle the situation. The guy who called them in the first place I hope didn't get any fucking sleep for he's as guilty as those cops that killed him. False accusations and he lied so they'd hurry up and get to the scene of their crime faster. Obviously under 5 secs tells me they already new they'd be plugging bullets into someone before they got there. And yes they cowardly hid in the shadows. This may be a defense tactic but not when everything seems to be normal. When he walked out with his gun in his waist band he had it holstered before they even saw it an as he went to put it on the ground they opened fire on him claiming he was pulling it out to use against them. These officers need to be locked up or down right fired and released. Of all the police forces in this country Arizona needs serious police reform. They I'm sure lead the country in victim shootings

fowlera
fowlera

Its arizona its not uncommon to answer your door late at night with a weapon there is crazies out in arizona. Usually if someone knocks on your door late at night its not a good thing believe me. Guns are legal in arizona as long as you declare them. They had this all wrong from the getgo. First off police were quick to assess the threat level as high based on a incoming callers wrong impression that was purposely sent to harass the couple. They were playing video games probably too loudly for neighbors comfort level. Even loud enough they didnt hear "Police" knock and declare themselves. He looked like he was checking out who was at the door not meaning to cause any harm. The police should be held accountable by the last slow motion shot clearly see hes raising both arms as asked to do immediately. But the quick to open fire officer killed him and shot him down. This video makes me disgusted and i truly feel for his daughter and family. All this could have been avoided if they handled this properly and they took the time to investigate rather than act out ot fear and unneeded hostility.

lawabindingcitizen
lawabindingcitizen

well first of all you shouldn't answer the door with a gun in your hand... that's just dumb...

CanThisBeReal
CanThisBeReal

There is no way to have a winner in this scenario. If someone is at your door and yells "Arizona PD", why would you bring a gun out with you? You're putting yourself at risk. If you didn't hear the cop identify himself and didn't know it was PD, get your gun, stay in your house and call the Police. I'm not saying he should have been shot, just saying keep in mind when a cop goes to a door full of adrenaline, it's not a good time to test his ability to discern. Police officers need better training, there are too many of these incidents occurring where innocents are being killed. I can safely say I can't or could never be a cop, any sign of danger and I'm thinking I want to make sure I get home safe to my family by any means... I'd be trigger happy and would not make a good cop. Difference is, I know this and would never try to be a cop, I don't have the nerves for it. I feel for this mans girlfriend, what a tragic way to lose her significant other on what should have been a fun night of video games and excitement.

Sunkissed
Sunkissed

They know his ass needs to be under the damn jail. Investigate my ass. He was murdered!

Jamesjones512
Jamesjones512

coward shoots a guy on one knee in the back. If your that terrified, don't be a police officer.

Jadecc
Jadecc

If he were black there would be more comments like “well it was a domestic call and he came to the door with a gun” “he was a threat”

Sike
Sike

Aln64
Aln64

Revoke Obamas Blue Alert law & hold police accountable for their actions

Alexander899
Alexander899

He’s a murderer and should be treated as such

Alexander899
Alexander899

Death penalty and 5 million dollars in damages nothing less if that didn’t happen I’d hunt him down and burn my dads initials into his forehead so he’d remember everyday what he took from me and I believe that should be the price ever cop who kills senselessly should be punished with

ladylibra01
ladylibra01

Evil why shoot the fucking why fucking sicking evil mf

DrTow
DrTow

If I were his family I would include the neighbor in my lawsuit. This was straight up murder. The guy is clearly moving to put down his gun and the cop fired straight in to his back from less than 5 feet away.

He could easily disarmed him from the position that he had. Not to mention the horrible awareness of his line of fire. From that distance the rounds could have easily passed through the victim's body and gone through the wall in to the apartment next door. It's not a straight shot, but his partner was standing almost directly across from where he fired.

This video pisses me off as much as the one from one week later in Minnesota. I wonder why I didn't hear about this one on the news?

Needsdrill
Needsdrill

Someone please send me information about where this happened exactly and info on the family affected. I want to personally visit them and get some of my
Friends in higher places to do something . 2108236655

TheSenate
TheSenate

They have to stop letting pathetic beta male's be cops. A marine would have handled this like a pro. These pussy's are afraid of their own shadow. They have no right to a union as long as they use our tax dollars.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NoMoreTrump
NoMoreTrump

Ur a trump supporter obviously lol ..... ur comment sucks and so does our president 😊

DaltonWest
DaltonWest

You're obviously a fucking commie. Who doesn't care about life in any form. Your parents more than likely told you that you were a mistake at some point. Have fun in hell. 😁

ComoChingan
ComoChingan

Dude... This is an article.... It's literally in the news right now.

Not to mention that BLM is against police brutality against all people (especially black people since that community started it). They are asking to take these responsibilities away from police and have all that money invested into their communities.

DrTow
DrTow

This happened one week before George Floyd was murdered. The media didn't think that it was national news that needed to be played for weeks.

donalddumb
donalddumb

Not more of a mistake being named Dalton 😂 inbred ass name my dude

TheSimpleton
TheSimpleton

What does this have to do with Trump? A man was shot!
"OH HURR HURR! YOU SPEAK OUT ABOUT A MAN UNJUSTLY BEING SHOT THEN U TRUMPERET"

Seriously, you TDS motherfuckers are really annoying. I don't even like Trump but you goddamn idiots have to insert the man into everything. He's living in your head rent free.

TheSimpleton
TheSimpleton

You don't have an argument against him, so you insult him. Great way to show your utter weakness.

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

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.