Family members of a 24-year-old Kansas man shot and killed outside a rap concert Thursday night are angry, shocked and grieving, the man's sister said.
An Oklahoma City police officer shot the man about 10:30 p.m. outside Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave., where 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef was scheduled to perform.
The victim was identified by his sister as Brian Simms Jr., of Olathe, Kan.
“We're angry at the police officers,” Mishellai Avery said, adding that she wanted police to release the names of the involved officers more quickly.
“It's still a shock to my mom. She's probably not going to know the truth until she sees his actual body.”
Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson confirmed Friday that Simms was the shooting victim and released the name of the officer involved.
Two off-duty police officers, working security for the concert, approached Simms in a car, Nelson said. The officers saw a gun in the man's waistband and gave him orders regarding the weapon. When he didn't comply, one of the officers shot him, Nelson said.
A concertgoer who was nearby at the time said he saw the flashes and heard eight shots.
The officer who shot Simms was Sgt. Paul Galyon, a 19-year police force member. Galyon was placed on paid administrative leave.
The shooting sparked two investigations: a criminal investigation by the department's homicide unit and an internal investigation by internal affairs. This is protocol in an officer-involved shooting, Nelson said.
The findings of the criminal investigation will be presented to Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.
The off-duty officers were wearing Oklahoma City police uniforms, Nelson said.
Officers are allowed to work side security jobs in uniform, he said.
Simms did not have a police record in Oklahoma City and had been in town only for a few days.
A request to the Olathe police for any police incident reports involving Simms did not receive an immediate response. A search of Corrections Department records in Oklahoma and Kansas didn't produce any records involving him.
Avery declined to comment about whether her brother had any gang ties or criminal activity.
She remembers him as a goofy person, a lot of fun, with a ton of energy.
She said she found it strange he was carrying a weapon at the time of his death.
“He made friends everywhere he went,” she said. “He was basically a cool and laid-back guy.”
Simms was the oldest of seven siblings, she said.