Who is Devon Gregory?
Devon Gregory is the young man who was reportedly shot multiple times by officers after a late Tuesday traffic stop on San Juan Avenue shot himself first, according to the medical examiner and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which also released body camera video.
Police in Florida released body camera footage from an officer-involved shooting that left a Black man dead after the medical examiner discovered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
How old is Devon Gregory?
Devon Gregory is 18 years old.
Devon Gregory: What is the story?
The new information and nearly 19-minute video were released Thursday night, showing four officers trying to convince an increasingly emotional Devon Gregory to pull his right hand out from under the passenger seat.
Officers say they pulled over a vehicle with three people in it because the car failed to maintain a single lane, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief of Investigations T.K. Waters said in a statement.
Body camera footage shows officers approaching the vehicle and asking the occupants if they have marijuana in the car.
Devon Gregory footage
“You were smoking a little bit ago or something?” an officer says, explaining that he had detected the smell of marijuana and had probable cause to search the vehicle.
“Is there anything in the car we need to worry about? You guys mind if we check it out real quick and get you on your way?” the officer says before the driver is removed from the vehicle and handcuffed while the other two passengers remain in the car.
A second officer looks into the car and sees Devon Gregory, who appears to be smoking something, begin to reach under the seat.
Officers tell him repeatedly to stop, but Gregory continues, insisting that he’s reaching for his phone.
The exchange grows tense, with officers shouting at Gregory: “Hey, don’t reach under there…Stop f****** reaching!”
One officer yells at Gregory, warning him, “You are about to get f****** shot!”
Gregory continues to ask if he can “please” get his phone and continues to reach. At one point, it appears he has a cellphone to his ear. Officers also remove the second passenger from the vehicle.
“Relax, man. Hey, relax. Pull your hand from under the seat,” one officer says before the situation begins to escalate again after several minutes.
“Shoot me!” Gregory yells at least a dozen times. “F****** kill me!”
“Listen to me. I promise you if you raise your hand with nothing in it, you will not get hurt,” one officer says.
The 19-minutes of footage shows an officer approaching the vehicle with a K-9 dog, as Gregory yells “Leave me! Leave me!”
Gregory puts his head down between his legs and a gunshot is fired from inside the vehicle, as the teen’s head jerks backward.
Officers then begin firing at the vehicle multiple times.
What we know so far
Four officers remain on leave after the incident, which is standard protocol for the department.
Gregory’s family viewed the video before it was released on Thursday, First Coast News reported.
Body-worn camera video is typically released only after an extensive investigation by both police and the State Attorney’s Office, the outlet said. The Medical Examiner’s Office did not specify whether Devon Tilman Gregory died from the self-inflicted injury or from one of the dozens of bullets that police fired at the vehicle he was occupying during the Tuesday night incident.
“This case continues to be investigated,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.