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.

Comments (439)
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American citizen 1
American citizen 1

He shot the man while he was putting the gun down. You could see him pointing his police weapon in a downwards aim proving he shot while the guy while he was putting his weapon down.
The complainant should be brought up on charges for lying to a dispatcher about the actual truth and the dispatcher was hinting to him as to what he should complain about to expedite the police to that location. Any reason to pull the trigger will do.

American citizen 1
American citizen 1

Apparently hands, hands, hands means shoot shoot shoot because he was obviously putting the gun down. The cop was even pointing downwards as he fired his gun.

trumpster2020
trumpster2020

Tough shit. The idiot comes to the door with a hidden gun. Real smart.

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Brillig
Brillig

Hidden? "Ryan Whitaker opened the door holding a gun in his right hand". He must have had a huge hand.

BananaNana
BananaNana

"Hidden gun"? Leave it to a Trump follower to ignore the facts and make up their own! Learn how to read!

Ppuddin
Ppuddin

Jail the cops and the caller.

Archie1954
Archie1954

Why didn't the police shout "Police"?

Fireskycam
Fireskycam

It sound to me like the caller was simply pumping up the drama.
He said he had called half an hour earlier. If they were at each others throats for that long as he claimed then surely one would be dead or it would have stopped. He only pumped up the drama because he couldn't get to sleep. The neighbour is drama queen Karen.

Fireskycam
Fireskycam

This is pathetic.
Yes he had the gun in his right hand as he opened the door. In some places you have to live like that. As soon as he seen it was the cops he was definitely going to the ground with it. At the time of the cop to the rear opening fire you can see his right hand was to his side. I really wonder if he actually seen a gun before shooting or he only heard his partner yell hands hands. Either way shooting someone in the back, I couldn't live with it as a veteran.

NurseMW
NurseMW

There is nothing to prevent whites protesting against injustice to other whites or anyone for that matter...except apathy.

Jose Garcia99
Jose Garcia99

The guy that made the phone call is guilty of murder.

He knew he was making a false report. "I gotta get to work tomorrow, I can't get no sleep." "These guys have been noisy constantly" "Every time I come back these guys are noisier than hell". "Oh... I.. I... could say it's physical... if that makes anybody hurry up on get over here any faster".

Making a false report is a crime.

A death resulting from the commission of a crime is a murder. Even though the police shot the innocent man, the caller is guilty of murder for making a false report. His deception planted the seeds in the officers heads that a violent physical disturbance was underway, and contributed to a false understanding of the situation. The murderer is certainly civilly responsible for all that man had or was ever going to have, as well as the mental pain and anguish of his girlfriend.

TIP TO THE PEOPLE: Go and meet your neighbors, exchange phone numbers. Talk to one another, BEFORE a situation arises. The caller had an ongoing frustration with the level of sound coming from the adjacent dwelling. "Every time I come back..." "... have been noisy constantly" His frustration with their happiness was on going. There were many opportunities to talk to his neighbor. Classic cuck behavior. Afraid to employ the masculinity God gave him, and go and speak to the source of your frustration. Murdering sissy. Now a Man is dead.

As for the officers, that was a wrongful shoot. Flat out. W R O N G.

People have a right to bear arms, their right to self defense is no less than that of any law enforcement officer. When someone knocks loudly on a door in the night, it doesn't indicate a pleasant friend is making a late call to join in one's parlour.

Instead, a loud, rude knock on the door late at night, is indicative of TROUBLE.

The Citizen made a reasonable decision to prepare to defend himself or another. Perhaps a young woman running for her life?

You silly bitches will say "they announced they were LEO". SO WHAT?!?! I say things all the time, I have no expectation that anyone is listening. The first dispatcher, 2nd dispatcher, and the officers know from the 911 call that it's a noise complaint. The 1st dispatcher thought so little of the call the first time around, that the murderer called again, to fabricate a tale and goad the department into responding, that was clear to me and to the 2nd dispatcher as well.

Since it is a noise complaint, is there any reasonable expectation that anyone inside heard the responding officer identify themselves as police officers? HELL NO! There is no reasonable expectation of that. Also. IT'S ARIZONA!!! ... ASSUME EVERYONE IS ARMED!

It's natural for Arizonans to appear armed at the door in the face of trouble, just as these LEO were armed at the door in the face of trouble. If that frightens an officer, be brave enough to find another job before you kill someone and ruin your life.

On contact, there was no behavior on the part of the decedent indicating that he was a threat, the pistol was never raised, he made no threatening gestures, or remarks. In fact, the officers already had their service pistols drawn. When the decedent opened the door, he recognized that they were officers and put the gun behind him and away from the officers, at the same time, he extended his free arm and attempted to kneel.

Then they wrongfully shot him.

That the one officer's pistol was drawn, gives way to a point of argument. Expert testimony will say that DV situations are violent, and that it's SOP to draw the service pistol on arrival. Yet, the other officer, employed and trained by the SAME department, had his weapon holstered, hands at his sides. Why? There wasn't a threat that justified deadly force. Officers had other weapons to use as force options BEFORE they chose to stage the deadly force option as the first choice. Batons, OC, Taser, then Gun. Unless you're scared.

Any TRAINED gunfighter knows, you keep the god damned gun in the gun burka until you HAVE TO kill someone. It takes 1.5 seconds to realize the threat, draw and fire three shots on a target that close. There was NO THREAT. There was RISK.

But the citizen demonstrated his submission to authority & respect for their safety, by immediately moving the gun away from the officers, extending his free arm out, and attempting to kneel, and then the officers fired on him. BAD BAD BAD SHOOT. If the officer is a good man, he will feel a sense of life long shame for the wrongful death he inflicted on the decedent and his family.

I'd charge the officers with manslaughter and the caller with murder.

I'd fire the 2nd dispatcher, who gave the caller an indication of what to say to get a police response. it's subtle, but it's there. Rules exist to protect civil servants... when they follow them. He didn't, and someone was killed.

Palpow
Palpow

@Geemoney very well stated a closed mouth don't get fed people.

Palpow
Palpow

As markb thank god your not p.o.

Johan U
Johan U

Trigger happy americans.

They shpuld.go.down to brazil that will scare them real nice.

opiz
opiz

Unfortunately I wish this didn’t happen. My condolences go out to the Family Friends and cherished ones within their community! Feels like we should waste these coppers time like they waste our lives, it’s likely to send them to better matters. Have you heard of a wellness check? According to my local police department it is LEGAL to make essentially knowingly fake wellness calls. Through which multiple unsuspecting people have been murdered by the police in their own homes! Simply because of the unfortunate fact of NOT opening the door, over illegitimate wellness checks. I’ve personally tried to report people for these calls and have been told it’s legal... but seriously who wants the cops showing up randomly, demanding you to do everything, all while they are on the property for illegitimate reasons while at any heightened second they will shoot you just to be done with the situation. They also will then treat you with fake heightened precautions. According to the police I’ve talked to it’s technically legal to make as many fake wellness calls as you want. If you want people to be punished for unjustly using this bogus phone system with no repercussions, we the people should abuse the system or else I don’t think it will change. They will send the officers to the location it’s ludicrous! You just need an address a name and a fake excuse. However I feel if the illegitimate calls have a more serious punishable offense, then the people who choose to initiate the fraudulent call would be heavily more influenced to provide the most accurate information. Bless your soul Ryan Whitaker! Hopefully this is the catalyst for better precautions, values, and punishments to be set and enforced within the Buddy Buddy circle jerk police departments.

DRAGONNE50
DRAGONNE50

THIS WENT SIDEWAYS FOR A LOT OF REASONS ON BOTH SIDES. VICTIM SHOULD HAVE NEVER JUST OPENED THE DOOR, BUT RATHER ASK WHO IT IS AND HOLD BADGE IN FRONT OF WINDOW. THEN HE COULD SAY HE WAS OPENING THE DOOR AND THAT HE HAD A GUN. YOU NEVER APPROACH A COP WITH A HIDDEN GUN, EVER. COP SHOULD HAVE IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AND EVEN ASKED IT THE GUY HAD ANY GUNS. 2ND COP JUMPED THE GUN COULD HAVE DONE A FEW OTHER THINGS OTHER THAN SHOOT HIM 3 TIMES IN THE BACK WHEN IT WAS OBVIOUS THE GUN WAS POINTED IN A DOWNWARD POSITION. THAT BEING SAID THE COPS HAVE A RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES ESPECIALLY DURING THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND ALL THE COPS THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED. JUST NOT SURE THAT THIS OFFICER DID ALL HE COULD HAVE DONE TO AVOID WHAT I WOULD CALL A VERY QUESTIONABLE SHOOTING. SUCH A TRAGIC SHOOTING.

Miah83
Miah83

that why we cant trust them they take advantage of the badge cause they pussies no wonder y ppl kill back

vickster339
vickster339

The guy upstairs probably got sick of hearing him screw his cute wifes brains out every night... Nothing makes a lonely guy more lonely and jealous...

JeanLucGoHard
JeanLucGoHard

I hope you get swatted

JeanLucGoHard
JeanLucGoHard

If that was my family member there would be ALOT of dead cops.
You live in fear from them killing you, its about time they, their families and friends feel the same way, dontcha think?

RabbleRouser
RabbleRouser

I'm starting to feel "unsafe" every time I see a cop anywhere in the neighborhood. Time to start shooting them on sight. For my safety.

RabbleRouser
RabbleRouser

This what you get then the statutory code enforcers training continuously tells them that people have no rights at all for any reason, at any time and that ending somebodies life is just a trivial thing.

boiserattpack
boiserattpack

I definitely have learned a lot from all the post . There are smart people and and some dumb as fuck. I'm going to to get a peep hole and a camera that can see what the peep hole can't.its a scary world out there today I don't want to end up like that guy. The sad thing is if you live buy the gun you just might die by it. I pack every day I walk out my door and it's not because of the police it's cuz fucked up people who don't care about taking a life for no reason. I'm not a cop and I'm going to wait around for them to save me or my loved ones and innocent civilians
Now from this tragedy I have different view don't awnser your door until you know who is on the other side. That man should of never open the door he would be here today .I'm sorry if this comment offends anyone but if i open my door like that lead is coming out at the time other wise it wouldn't be in my hand. Every legal gun owner should have solid gun training and a permit to prove it. That goes police officers also. There was 2 officers a team
My take the gun was pointed at the ground and he was blinded by tactical lawinforcement lights I think they could have got him with a tazer but I wasn't there
In my mind when I see a gun out something bad is going to happen and it did or a target will be lots of holes in it. Do I think the cop reacted to quick maybe. Do I think the man should of turned the noise level down and ask who was there before opening the door maybe
I didn't look like there was much time to assess the situation. Honestly I'd like to think that cop in that moment had enough time to react differently and that sucks now he is the bad guy
I don't think man was a bad guy
I've always tried to see things from different points of view
What if those were bad guys banging on the door and they were there to do a home invasion I don't think he would of had chance then either way he was not prepared to defend himself
And now I'm not a mind reader but man that cop only had a split second when he seen the gun
That's why I'm glad I'm not a cop cuz if I was that cop I'd be in his shoes right now I'm pretty sure that man did not intend to fire his gun the way he came to the door with it. That cop did his job he reacted fast for the position he was in
What was the cop suppose to turn and run when he seen.the gun? Fuck no that's not what I want our cop to do . It was a domestic call ok wow a guy opens the door with a gun just thinking about it is tripping me out. Sure there were some choices to make good ones and bad ones. #1is someone knocking on the door? I better turn down the game so I can hear better.fuck it's late who he'll could it be? Hey babe run go get my 9 who is it not sure I better chamber a round
Yeah who's there, Phoenix pd
Look out the peep hole
I don't see anyone
Ok those I believe were good choices
Now here we are bashing on cops and I remember not to long ago in Texas 2 officers were responding to a domestic call walked up to the door right in front of it and knocked the 2 officers were immediately gun down through the door and killed
Me just reflecting back a month or so
Now I wonder why cops stand off to the side when knocking I'm not sure if its hecause they don't know what surprise they might get aha maybe its just a little old lady wanting to give them a nice cold glass of lemonade oh how nice or maybe it's some shit stick who beat the shit out of his wife or girlfriend and threatening to blow her brains out and the dumb Ass awnsers the door with a gun in his hand maybe they should ask the guy polity to hang on a minute while the decide what to do right that sounds fair. Buzz wrong they are there to serve and protect that was an easy decision to make shit stick made a bad decision
But of course the media is going to make him out to be a victim. So for the end of my rant so now cops all over the country are being treated like bad guys because of a small percentage are bad. I'm no angel I've had my share of problems with the police and they were the choices that I made. I was 10 years old the first time I was arrested I'm 52 now and I can't remember how many times I've been arrested
2007 was the last time
I had no respect for the law
I've seen this country change a lot over the years and being a
A police officer I see is getting tougher all the time
Dealing with police today is a process it can be easy or hard the choices that you make will determine that
That man who was shot should of never open the door. Bad choice that cop that shot him was protecting him self and his partner end of story I'd of done the same. Fuck all you cop haters you'll need a cop some time and you should thank them for their sacrifice and help

ATL78
ATL78

This should be on the news but yeah if they were black people would be defending the cops more.

DamnHomie
DamnHomie

This is truly said that fuckery like this goes on and people find their best to justify it. Nah you can't this is sick and tbh cops are tryna put fear in people so bad. Shot one of them.... Then tell their department and the judge calm down.

woopsycussy
woopsycussy

It's okay he can now possible be reborn into hopefully not such a shitty country

Recoverme11418
Recoverme11418

They should kill Cooke’s wife/spouse in front of him and tell him to “relax”.

Simca1204
Simca1204

So basically there neighbor swatted them.
Quiet hours are after 11pm, he should be able to expect that, apartment or not.
To make up a false allegation though... neighbor should be prosecuted and officer that shot needs to reassigned to permanent desk duty. Not good that the officer had to affirm to the woman that they were not going to shoot her. Standing to the side is for officer safety, people do shoot through doors.

Jungletn
Jungletn

Cops standing to the side. instead of plainly visible.

Shine the light in the guys face so he cant see it is the cops.

Guy then realizes its the cops and begins to lower the weapon by squatting. Cops panic and shoot him.

THEN tell the freaked out GF to relax as she stares at the corpse of her BF. Don't react like normal people. Get them out and prosecute them. Then destroy the neighbors life.

IndyGrl
IndyGrl

What a misleading headline. You've got to love the BIAS media these days. It was a domestic violence call. What it turned out to be later is not what these officers thought they were responding to. Look up Graham v Connor. It's what they thought at the time, not what is known now. Sad, but officers make decisions based on good faith that the caller and witnesses are telling the accurate truth.

GCASTI666
GCASTI666

That snitch that called the cops needs to be shot.

Piccadilly
Piccadilly

Not saying that the cops should have killed the man, obviously that should NOT have happened; but, looking at the situation from the cops perspective, they were called in for a domestic dispute and all of a sudden a man comes out with a lethal weapon. Domestic dispute + lethal weapon = any number of things that could go wrong. For all the cops know, the weapon could have been involved in the "dispute". If anything, it's mostly the neighbor's fault for not going to them personally and finding out why they were being loud in the first place and taking appropriate action from there. At least then he would've known it was just them playing video games.

Piiikanis
Piiikanis

This is why I just don't answer the door for anyone unless I'm expecting visitors. Period. You don't have to answer the door for the police. You don't have to talk to the police. You don't have to talk to anyone if you don't want to. They will get bored after a couple minutes of silence and fuck off, or they'll kick the door in if they really need to get at you.

decoren45
decoren45

Well fuck, I guess video games really DO cause violence.

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”

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