Mother: Man killed by Raleigh officer was 'petrified of police'
The mother of a man who was killed last week by a Raleigh police officer says he loved everybody - but was scared of the police.Posted — Updated
Tapscott, taking cover behind a utility pole, fired four final shots at Collins as he tried to get up from the ground, the report states.
"I cannot understand or fathom why the police would shoot him down like that," said Collins' mother, Gloria Mayo. "I can't, I can't, I just can't get over it."
The shooting occurred less than a half-mile from the apartment where Collins lived with Mayo and his stepfather, Frederick Mayo. Collins was mentally and physically disabled, they said.
"[He was a] very loving person," Frederick Mayo added.
The gun found near Collins at the shooting scene turned out to be a BB gun.
"He's petrified of the police," she said.
A police representative said that the BB gun looked like a handgun, and Tapscott had no choice but to shoot Collins because he saw him as a threat.
But Gloria Mayo, like some community activists, questions the need for Tapscott to fire 11 shots.
"To shoot anybody that many times, and they're on the ground, and you're going to shoot them some more, I don't see that," she said.
Frederick Mayo watched the video on Monday. Gloria Mayo still hasn't seen it.
"There's no way a mother could watch that, watch her son get shot that many times. It was bloody," Frederick Mayo said.
Tapscott has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of a State Bureau of Investigation review of the shooting. Raleigh police also are conducting an internal investigation to determine whether any policies or procedures were violated.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said it could be two months before she gets the SBI report on the shooting and can determine whether it was justified.
"No matter what happens, your children are supposed to bury you. You're not supposed to bury your children," Gloria Mayo said.
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