The Phoenix Police Department has identified the police officer who fatally shot 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon at an apartment complex last week.
Phoenix PD identified the officer as Mark Rine, a 7-year veteran of the department.
"He has been reassigned to a non-enforcement duty pending the outcome of the investigation," Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump says in a statement.
Brisbon was fatally shot Tuesday night at an apartment complex after a scuffle with a Phoenix police officer who was investigating a drug-dealing complaint. Police say the officer thought Brisbon was reaching for a gun in his pocket, although he turned out to be unarmed.
According to police, the confrontation between the officer and Brisbon came about after the officer was told by a witness that people in a black Cadillac SUV were selling drugs at nearby 7-Eleven store. The officer ran the license plate number, and the address came back to an apartment complex where, separately, someone had made a noise complaint to police.
Police the officer planned to deal with the noise complaint first, then check out the complaint about the Cadillac.
The radio call for the noise complaint was canceled by the time the officer got there, but the officer spotted the black SUV and called for backup, police say.
At that point, Brisbon got out of the SUV and opened a back door, apparently taking something out of the vehicle. The officer told Brisbon to put up his hands, but Brisbon ran instead, police say.
The officer told investigators that when he was in the physical struggle with Brisbon, he thought he felt the butt of a gun in Brisbon's pocket, which led to the officer shooting Brisbon, according to police.
The officer had lost his grip on Brisbon's hand shortly after the two literally stumbled into an apartment when an occupant opened the door. The occupant was later discovered to be Brisbon's girlfriend, who had her 2- and 9-year-old kids in a back bedroom. The object in Brisbon's pocket was a vial of pills.
Brisbon's death has received significant attention not only due to the nationwide concern over police killings, but also due to local protests, and the fact that Rine is white, and Brisbon was black.
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Reverend Jarrett Maupin has led several protests against Phoenix PD for the killing of Brisbon, and yesterday threatened to have protesters "shut down portions of Phoenix" if the officer wasn't identified by yesterday night. The police statement identifying Rine was e-mailed to media just minutes after Maupin made that announcement.
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