COMPTON—Sixty-five-year-old Compton resident Rickie Cornell Starks hopped on his bike last Wednesday night and headed out to buy a pack of cigarettes from a local store at the corner of Spruce St. and Aranbe Ave.
About the same time Compton Deputies spotted a black SUV driving erratically and began following it, suspecting a possible DUI. Suddenly high-powered rifle fire erupted from the passenger side of the Escalade riddling the deputy’s car and possibly an LASD helicopter that picked-up the chase, which ended 6 miles away in Inglewood.
But back in Compton, Mr. Starks, mortally wounded, lay in the street. It has not yet been disclosed whether he was struck down by the occupants of the SUV or the return fire from the deputies.
“It’s terrible,” grief-stricken Mary Starks told CBS2 News about her son. Known to neighbors as one willing to lend a helping hand to all, Mrs. Starks added, “He didn’t bother nobody.”
Authorities confirmed Monday that the SUV is registered in the name of rapper YG.
A sheriff's department statement released Monday morning said: "Investigators can confirm that the information being widely reported regarding the suspect vehicle being registered to Keenon Jackson, AKA ‘YG,' is accurate. The 2018 black Cadillac Escalade is reportedly a company car registered in the name of Keenon Jackson with an address in Sherman Oaks ... Sheriff's Homicide Bureau will not be commenting further regarding Mr. Jackson or the vehicle at this time, as this is an ongoing criminal investigation."
Deputies came under fire a second time in the 1900 block of 199th Street and returned fire, according to Deputy Grace Medrano
The Escalade sped away, followed by a sheriff's department helicopter, to Inglewood and a suspect on the passenger side fired several shots at that helicopter, possibly striking the aircraft, Medrano said.
The suspects bailed out and fled on foot and one suspect was arrested, while at least one suspect and the assault rifle were not located, Medrano said. The name of the person arrested has not been released.
Deputies found the mortally wounded Starks at the corner of Spruce Street and Aranbe Avenue, and he was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds.
One deputy who suffered graze wounds to his arm and shoulder during the pursuit was treated at a hospital and released, Medrano said.
The black Escalade was armored and had bullet-proof windows, ABC7 reported.
On July 5, the rapper posted on Twitter, "I was nowhere near the scene of this incident, I was in Hollywood recording in the studio all day. I was there until after midnight on the 4th of July and didn't learn of these events until after they happened!"