As calls for justice in the case of Robert Fuller increase nationwide, his half-brother has reportedly been the victim of death by cop.
“The half brother of Robert Fuller, a black man found hanging from a tree last week in Southern California, was shot and killed during an interaction with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, according to a statement from a lawyer for the Fuller family.
The sheriff’s department did not identify the man shot Wednesday in Kern County, but the family’s attorney, Jamon Hicks, said it was Terron Jammal Boone.
The shooting took place around 4:30 p.m. local time Wednesday in Rosamond, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. According to officials, it began as a search for “a kidnap domestic assault suspect” by the department’s Major Crimes Bureau.”
The law officials claim Boone opened fire during a routine traffic stop.
“Detectives followed the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop,” the sheriff added. “The suspect opened the front passenger door of the vehicle and engaged the Deputies by firing multiple rounds at them with a handgun.”
A police report of the incident details Boone was struck several times in the upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene. Its of particular concern to many, however, that “none of the detectives nor their vehicles were equipped with cameras.” However, investigators are trying to recover footage from Ring cameras and other home video systems in the area.
Boone’s death occurred just days after Fuller’s body was found hanging from a tree on June 10 near the City Hall building of Palmdale, Calif. Originally rules a suicide due to ‘lack of evidence of a homicide,’ California officials recanted the statement and are investigating further after public pressure.