ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Two of the men named as suspects in Wednesday`s police confrontation appear in rap videos that feature lots of guns. Police sources confirm they`re investigating the videos, which someone has now taken offline.
Fox2 captured the videos before they were removed.
One rap video is called 'Corleone- No Duckin We Buckin.' Police say encountered two of the men featured, while serving a search warrant Wednesday afternoon.
Police shot and killed Mansur Ball-Bey and arrested Roderick Williams at a duplex on Walton Avenue, near Page.
You can see Ball-Bey, prominently in the videos, though he`s not seen with a weapon. Next to him you can see Williams, who`s constantly flashing a gun with an extended clip.
Police sources tell us they're investigating the videos, but don't know if the guns are real.
Ball-Bey`s cousin says the videos do not show who he really is. She described him as a person who respected everyone, including police. She pointed out that he`s not seen with a gun in the videos and that he loved rap music, sometimes deejaying with his father. She said he has no criminal background and a check of court records backs that up.
The man next to him in the rap video, Roderick Williams, does have a record and that record appears to line up with what he flashed online. Police arrested Williams Wednesday after reporting they found a 9mm with an extended magazine under a mattress in what appeared to be the defendant's bedroom.
Court records say Williams was convicted for unlawful use of a weapon in March, 2015.
Williams is jailed so we couldn't reach him. We asked attorney Jermaine Wooten about his client Ball-Bey. He said, 'I haven`t seen the video. I`ve heard of the video, but I understand he was an aspiring rapper. He had some rap lyrics and he participated in a rap group, but that`s as far as I know. I don`t think he`d be handling a gun in this rap video.'
Wooten added that he doesn't believe the videos have anything to do with the police shooting case.
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