Vallejo police officer involved in fatal shooting of Willie McCoy terminated

A Vallejo police officer involved in two fatal shootings, including the death of rapper Willie McCoy, has been terminated. 

The City of Vallejo announced that police chief Shawny Williams issued a termination letter on Wednesday to Officer Ryan McMahon. 

The city said his firing comes, "after an Internal Affairs investigation concluded, among other things, that McMahon violated department policies by engaging in unsafe conduct and neglect for basic firearm safety during the incident." 

Internal documents previously released by the city of Vallejo revealed that Williams wanted McMahon fired because he fired a shot just before another officer went into his line of fire.


McMahon is one of six officers that fired 55 rounds into a vehicle occupied by 20-year-old Willie McCoy in a Taco Bell drive-thru in 2019. 

The officer also fatally shot Ronell Foster, who was unarmed on a bike, during a scuffle after chasing him into an alley. The city settled a civil case with Foster's family for $5.7 million. 

"I'm sort of surprised, because it's incredibly belated to decide to terminate him after he's murdered two people and gone without discipline for those two incidents," said Melissa Nold, an attorney representing McCoy's family.

Solano County prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against McMahon for killing Foster. The DA's office, however, recused itself in reviewing the McCoy case. After state Attorney General Xavier Becerra rebuffed District Attorney Krishna Abrams' request to review the shooting, Abrams tapped a former San Bernardino County prosecutor to handle the matter. That review is ongoing.