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A Friend Managed to Wrestle a Knife Away From Bowers
A person at that home told police they had managed to wrestle a knife away from Bowers. The person said Bowers had already used that knife to slash his own throat. When officers arrived at the home, a family member allowed them inside where they confronted Bowers. Lt. Dupress says that’s when Bowers produced another knife and pointed it at police. This led officers to open fire. Bowers was hit in the upper body, reports Fox San Diego.
Bowers rushed to a local hospital where he is described as being in life-threatening condition. The officer who shot Bowers has been named as Matthew Steinbach, a six-year veteran of the force, reports KGTV. Officials have said that Bowers ignored officer instructions to back up and that Steinbach opened fire as he feared for his safety. Three officers were present during the incident.
Nick Cannon Has Described the Shooting as ‘Hurting’ His Heart
On his official Instagram page, Nick Cannon said that Bowers shooting “honestly hurts my hearts.” Cannon says that he is “requesting prayers and positive energy for my young guy.” In the lengthy post, Cannon goes on to describe Bowers as “one of the most talented and gifted youngsters I’ve ever met but more importantly one of the most resilient and strong spirits I’ve personally witnessed.” Cannon said that Bowers has had a “troubled and haunted journey.” Cannon adds that he had no idea about Bowers’ problems because the San Diego rapper was always smiling.
Cannon goes on, “The kid could do it all, but like most of us he had his own demons and darkness that he struggled with. We would often talk about God and Spirituality and he got to a place where it all was confusing for him and he couldn’t trust anyone. I told him I would always have his back and would be there for him so when I got the call today that he slit his throat and then immediately after the San Diego police shot him numerous times.” Cannon concludes by saying, “I love you my dude! I know you are going to pull through.”
Bowers Last Music Was Uploaded to SoundCloud in December 2018
Ryan Bowers’ last music was uploaded to SoundCloud in December 2018, a month before he was shot by the police. A GoFundMe page has been set up by Bowers’ friends to help to raise money for his recovery. The page reads in part, “Ryan has been going through his toughest times for the past few years. He is extremely talented and passionate about what he does, But has too much stress to be able to focus on what he loves; Music.”
The fundraising page goes on to say that “Ryan has spent the past two years rebuilding himself and trying to get on the right path.” Bowers’ father is described as a positive influence on the rapper. Recently, the page says, Bowers had been able to rent out his own space to create his own music studio. The goal of the page has been set at $10,000.
In September 2018, Bowers Posted a Photo of Mac Miller to Instagram
On September 9, 2018, Bowers posted a photo of Mac Miller to Instagram with the caption, “Sometimes I wonder who the fuck I am.” Two days before that post, Miller was found dead of a drug overdose at his home in Studio City, Los Angeles. The coroner’s office determined that Miller died of an accidental drug overdose after he consumed fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
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