Rapper's relative confirmed dead in Vegas

Aug. 14, 2002 at 6:04 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A man who died after he allegedly shot and wounded a Las Vegas police officer was identified Wednesday as a relative of rap star Snoop Dogg, whom he had demanded to speak with during an overnight standoff with a SWAT team.

The Clark County Coroner identified the 29-year-old man as Germaine Fuller, the brother-in-law of Snoop Dogg, the Los Angeles-based rap pioneer formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dog.

Fuller was found dead Tuesday as SWAT officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department fired in pepper gas and stormed the apartment where he had been holed up since shortly after 11 p.m. Monday. The cause of death was not officially determined.

"Despite the best efforts of police negotiators and Snoop Dogg, the suspect continued his illogical, irrational and incoherent behavior," Metro Lt. Tom Monahan said in a statement Wednesday.

Fuller had barricaded himself in an apartment, where he briefly held two occupants hostage, minutes after a scuffle in which he shot one Metro officer and narrowly missed hitting another officer. The officers had been investigating a report of a disturbance.

The two occupants of the apartment told police that Fuller was bleeding heavily from the arm, although it was not clear what caused the injury or whether or not it caused his death.

"No Metro police officers fired their weapon during either incident, which was verified by a check of the weapons and magazines," Police Lt. Tom Monahan said in a statement Wednesday.

While inside the apartment on S. Maryland Parkway, Fuller began calling Las Vegas television stations and demanding that he be allowed to speak to the rapper.

Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, confirmed to police that Fuller was a relative and he agreed to help negotiators convince his agitated brother-in-law to surrender.

Police said the wounded officer was held for observation with a graze to his head and a chest injury caused by the bullet striking his bulletproof vest. The second officer was not injured, but Monahan said the bullet tore the officer's sleeve "inches away from the officer's head and neck."

SWAT officers found a revolver and a semi-automatic machine pistol near Fuller's body.

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