Ex-NFL player Ekom Udofia, reportedly killed by U.S. police

Police officers shot dead Ekom Udofia, a former National Football League (NFL) player. Udofia is a Nigerian American who was raised in the United States in Scottsdale, Arizona.The shooting happened on the 30th of November, according to abc15.A body-cam video showed Udofia being shot at least 10 times by police officers during an incident briefing by the Phoenix Police Department on Monday.The police received a call around 2am, according to Mercedes Fortune, that a man was acting oddly and said to be under the influence of drugs near traffic on Indian School Road and 23rd Avenue. 

Upon arriving at the scene, the police discovered that it was Udofia, 33, who was holding what looked like a weapon.

One of the officers begged Udofia to drop his gun. “Drop the gun dude, please. Please don’t make me shoot you, please,” he could be heard saying. Another officer also asked Udofia to drop his weapon, but he did not comply with the ex-NFL and did not utter a word, but continued to walk towards the police and their patrol cars.As Udofia moved closer to the car, the officer shouted, “Dude, I have to shoot him.”The video showed that the ex-NFL player was shot several times, and when he pointed the gun he was holding at them the police also tried to subdue him with pepper balls and a police dog.While being rushed to the hospital, he reportedly died and his weapon was later identified as a non-lethal BB gun.Udofia was said to be struggling with mental health problems before his death and had been arrested for petty crimes, including disorderly behaviour and indecent exposure.

The officers who shot Udofia were identified by the police department as Ryan Hoffrichter, Lance Wisuri, Nathaniel Hansen and Steve Mead. According to the police, the case will be referred to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office if criminal action is detected.

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