Terron Boone: Brother of Robert Fuller Killed in Deputy-Involved Shooting

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Getty Protesters kneel down during a demonstration on June 13, 2020, to demand a full investigation into the death of Robert Fuller in Palmdale, California.

The half-brother of Robert Fuller, the 24-year-old black man found last week hanging from a tree in the city of Palmdale, California, was killed in a deputy-involved shooting Wednesday.

Fuller’s family attorney confirmed early Thursday morning that Terron Jammal Boone was killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Kern County.

“This afternoon I had to notify the sisters of Robert Fuller that their brother Terron Jammal Boone was killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Kern County,” Attorney Jamon Hicks wrote in a statement to Heavy.

“At this time, until we receive all of the information, the family and their legal team does not have any further comment on this incident. The family respectfully asks that their privacy be respected. Our prayers remain with the Fuller family.”

Here’s what you need to know:


Police Were Pursuing Boone as a Kidnapping & Assault Suspect; They Say He Opened Fire First

 

The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. in Rosamond during a kidnapping and assault investigation, according to a statement from LASD. Detectives said they were looking for a suspect — later identified as Boone — believed to be involved in kidnapping, spousal assault and assault with a deadly weapon, according to CBSN Los Angeles.

The statement says detectives spotted a man they believed to be the suspect and followed him before attempting a traffic stop. A woman and a 7-year-old child were also inside the vehicle, which CBSN Los Angeles reported was a Jeep.

Police said the suspect opened the front passenger door and began “firing multiple rounds at them with a handgun.” They returned fire and “the suspect was struck several times in the upper torso. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The female driver was struck and treated at a local hospital, while the young child and police were uninjured, according to the statement.

Although deputies did not release the slain suspect’s name, authorities had charged Boone earlier this week with false imprisonment, assault and other crimes, according to court records obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Police told the Times that “none of the detectives nor their vehicles were equipped with cameras, but investigators are working to recover footage from … home video systems in the area.”

Local news platform the Rosamond Community Watchdog posted surveillance video of the incident showing vehicles trailing an SUV into the housing complex parking lot.

Shouts of “Hands Up!” are repeatedly heard, followed by gunshots.

The sheriff’s department posted on Facebook that the investigation is ongoing and “there is no additional information available at this time.”

The department also stated that multiple independent investigations are underway.

“Whenever a deputy-involved shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, and a person is struck by gunfire, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene,” according to the post.

A spokesperson for the department told Heavy that more information surrounding the incident will be posted online once the coroner’s report is complete.


Fuller’s Death Is Now Being Investigated by the California Attorney General’s Office

The killing comes on the heels of Fuller’s death on June 10, which generated national attention over how the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department initially handled the situation.

Fuller was found hanging from a tree near the Palmdale City Hall. Although the county medical examiner initially called his death a suicide, he backtracked after hundreds took to the streets demanding a full investigation.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday that Fuller’s cause of death has been deferred pending further investigation from Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office.

Becerra will seek to determine whether any foul play was involved.

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