Officer Guilty Of Manslaughter In Marine Shooting Case, Victim’s Family Speaks Out

BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Guilty of manslaughter—not of murder. That’s the judge’s decision for the city police officer on trial for the shooting death of a Marine.

Gigi Barnett explains the victim’s family is happy with the verdict.

Despite Officer Gahiji Tshamba not being found guilty of the harsher first- or second-degree murder charges, the family is calling the verdict a victory.

The judge spared Tshamba a murder conviction, but said he believed he was drunk and that he never should have pulled out a weapon when a man touched his female friend’s buttocks. He found him guilty of manslaughter and a felony handgun crime.

Tshamba was driven off in a correction van minutes after a judge found him guilty of the felony crimes. He faces 30 years in prison for killing unarmed Marine Tyrone Brown outside a nightclub in Mount Vernon.

The victim’s widow says she’s “elated.”

“We really are. It’s been tough, but we are very happy with the verdict,” said Lauren Brown.

And the judge says only one witness was credible. Brown’s sister, who watched the tragic incident. She watched 12 bullets pierce her brother’s body.

“I was here for the justice for my brother,” said Chantay Kangalee. “And all I could do is tell the truth. And that’s what I did.”

She said her brother begged for his life, that this was not self-defense. The judge believed Tshamba never identified himself as a police officer and grossly overreacted.

“Manslaughter is a murder conviction,” said prosecuting attorney Kevin Wiggins. “We see this as a victory for the family and the citizens of Baltimore City.  A bad cop is off the streets. He does not represent the many men and women who risk their lives every day. He is a bad shining light on those good officers who do what they do every day.”

But the judge did believe one component of Officer Tshamba’s testimony.

“The court rejects the defendant’s version of the facts, does not believe the defendant when he testified he identified himself as a police officer [and] that he had consumed only one beer,” Judge Edward Hargadon wrote. “There is one portion of the defendant’s testimony which this court does find credible: the defendant was afraid.”

“I’m not sure legally that you can find that the officer, you believe that the officer was scared and not believe that he had the right to take the action that he did,” said defense attorney James Rhodes.

The judge also said Tshamba was trying to defend the honor of his female friend, and no reasonable officer would use this kind of force.

“My brother was my best friend,” Kangalee said with tears. “And it was only right for me to stand up for him.”

When the verdict was read in the courtroom, Tshamba’s family cried and gasped. But for the first time, the victim’s mother spoke to the media after the verdict was read.

The victim’s family left the courtroom, holding each other, still shaken by the year’s worth of mourning and judicial proceedings.

Brown’s mother took several minutes to collect herself to say this about the case:

“Cops are not above the law. Not above the law. He has to go to jail just like everybody else, for doing the crime. He murdered my son. But as [for] Tshamba, the officer, I never will forgive him,” said Vivian Scott, victim’s mother.

She did not comment on the fact that Tshamba was only found guilty of manslaughter, versus being found guilty of murder. However, she and her daughter-in-law have already filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in this case against the officer and the city. That is still pending.

The defense says they will appeal the judge’s ruling. 

Sentencing in this case is scheduled for August.

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  • sheriff

    This wanker lies like a rug. Nobody puts 12 bullets into someone without having out of control anger & premeditated murder in mind a forehand.

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  • susan

    The cops seem to think that can get get away with anything including speeding when there is no apparent emergency, flipping their lights on to go through a red light and shut them off again without reason, and then they wonder why the public have no faith in them whatsoever. Also their buddies need to stop covering up for them.

    • commonsense

      Your a fool.

      Driving with the lights and sirens all the way to a crime in progress is silly. You really want the bank robber to hear “yup the police are coming now”.

      Police need to get through traffic to do their job. They dont just put on the lights because they are tired of waiting. They wait 8-12 hours in their cars…what’s a 30 second red light.

      Also the situations police respond to are very dynamic and fluid. There might have been something dispatched that requires a response but further information is later given and the officer decides not to use his emergency equipment to respond.

      It’s easy to say “your wrong” when you’ve never done the work isnt it? Another clueless person telling police how they should or shouldnt do their job.

      You want to complain about using lights and sirens…look at the Ambo and firetrucks. The calls they respond to with their equipment would make your head shake.

      • Tony

        You are correct Jeanne about my post, it was in reference to the user name. Stacey you left the “Y” of elementary and you abuse the use of a comma. If you

      • Tony

        If you are going to judge someones eduction level, please make sure your posts are free of grammar and spelling errors as well.

      • Warrior

        Stacy dropped out of elementart school. I am pursuing an MBA but still make type-o’s sometimes. Who cares!

        Stacy is a self-righteous moron.

      • Jeanne Clarke

        I believe the “well put, commonsense” was in reference to the user name “commonsense” rather than it being two separate words making up the last half of a sentence.

      • TB

        Bulls**t, I’ve seen their emergency. One was late taking his kid to school and the other had to stop at the diner with his buddies.

      • stacy

        Must be the cops, most of whom are uneducated, responding to Susan. Let’s see if we can try basic, elementart, sixth grade-level grammar.

        (1) Your a fool. Correction: You’re a fool.
        (2) Could not of said it better! Correction: Could not have said it better!
        (3) Well put commonsense!! Correction: Well put common sense !!

      • susan n stacy swallow

        well said and all very true~

      • Dead on

        Could not of said it better!

      • Tony

        Susan?????? Guess she doesn’t have a response to that. Well put commonsense!!

    • Warrior

      Susan – wow you’re ignorant. Many cars now have cameras that are automatically turned on when lights and sirens are activated. And it’s against policy to do what you said. It is not a prevalent problem in any sense. Most cops are good people. This one is an azz and deserves to go to prison but he is the exception not the rule.

    • Tony

      Susan is an idiot and I’m not a cop…I guess you have never called the police in your life (doubt it). You are probably one of those welfare ghetto mommies, who’s baby father is in jail and now your mad at the cops. Get a life. One thing to remember, If that guy wouldn’t have grabbed some women’s buttocks, this thing would have never happen. What you need to do is protest the alarming murder rate of African American men by other African American men and start raising your kids with respect and honor. You and Stacy are making this city like it is………

      • Victor

        So to grab a person’s buttocks is a reason to be murdered? Regardless of everything that has been said in this discussion from grammar to social status, that was the most thoughtless thing to say. It never would have happend. It sgould not have happened either way. The cop was not responding to a violent crme and the victim did not have a weapon. I am a Service Member and we are not all deadly weapons regardless of the training we have. Some are better than others and some are never able to fuly apply what we learn. However, a gun is always deadly. He should have taken his beating like a man, if that was going to happen, then locate the now victim later and arrest him. This was the families for both sides would not have lost a loved one, the city would not have spent so much time on the issue and these insulting comments would not be made. Tony, your disrepect for women could be a direct reflection on how your mother raised you but that wouldn’t be a fair charge so why charge these women for the condition of our City. It a lot deeper than that.

      • Inspector Gadget

        I have seen the cops use their lights just to get thru a stop light. He (or she) was sitting at a light, turned on the police lights to get thru, then turned them off. He then sat at the next light for a bit, and did it again. He did this at 3 lights in a row, I was watching it happen.. WHAT, DID EACH CALL GET CANCELLED as soon as he got thru the stop light?????

    • suans's a moron

      Your a stupid dumb b*tch!

      • Censored BS

        oh you’re so bright and well spoken! *snicker*



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  • James B. Dudley

    A proper reporting would include the name of the judge hearing and deciding
    this case.

    • Matthew Don Pablo Curtian

      Um They can’t release that until after the trial. There is so much they are not aloud to do. Good lord read up on the law before asking it be followed. That said this guy should Fry for what he did.

      • stacy

        The name of the judge is not a secret. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Edward R.K. Hargadon rendered this decision.

  • E. Denise

    The judge on this case is Judge HARGADON, i work for the juvenile system and he is NO Joke. This man will certainly do sometime it may not be the 20 hr deserves but he will do some.

  • Steve

    Police are trained to eliminate the threat, that means firing until the suspect drops. If he didn’t drop on the first shot, he is still a threat and can still get to the officer and kill him because of the adrenalin and/or alcohol/drugs in his body. I’ve worked several calls where the physical altercation between the suspect and the officer continued even after the suspect was shot several times. Yes, commonsense, I agree with a firefighter, I am constantly wondering why we run hot to some calls that truly aren’t emergencies but that is a judgement call from the officer on the piece. What is starting to happen now is communications is beginning to dictate response levels for calls based on the priority of the situation and patient.

    • nightwalker

      Steve your so right cops are trained until the situation has been put down. It’s either him or them. I strongly feel that marine should have done what he was told too do and that was to drop and later deal with the formalities. He should not have ever touched that women that the cop was with or any other women for that matter. Some times military men can be butt-heads just like a cop can be. That guy caused his own demised. I feel sorry for the cop and his family. As for the victim and his family I’m sure deep down inside they are saying if only he had not touched (no grabbed) the women buttock or back side.

      • Jess

        What right does any man or woman have to take a life for something as litle as copping a feel? I am a police officer and have never been taught anything about pulling a weapon on an unarmed person. What this man did, and I do mean man because outside of uniform ior even in it he failed to protect the lives he was sworn to, is horrible. No police officer is ever taught to take a life, we are all taught to prevent the loss of life any way we can. Men and women who conduct themselves in this manner, this officer and the one in the BART shooting in particular do not deserve to wear a badge, nor do they deserve to be defended for actions that are clearly criminal in nature. What this man did was a crime, no matter how the Marine behaved. Our military members are not the issue, the issue is that one man used a firearm in a situation that did not call for it.

      • Warrior

        He grabbed a butt. I’ve had my butt grabbed and never felt homicidal over it. It was NOT the Marine’s fault. The cop should stay jailed for a long azz time.

      • Thunder Kitty

        It clearly said he did not identify himself as a police officer, so why would anyone drop and wait for someone who you don’t know with a gun to decide whether to kill you or not? You either fight or flee. He was a marine so he fought. The even sadder part is he didn’t touch the woman’s butt. That is what the defendant said he did, it was never proven. The only thing that was the truth out of his mouth was that he was scared. Those were the judges words, I’m inclined to believe them. He picked a fight while drunk with someone and didn’t want his butt kicked so he pulled his weapon. The blame the victim mentality needs to stop. No matter what happened he didn’t deserve to be shot 12 times, or once for that matter. The ex-cop clearly escalated the situation and the judge agreed.

    • 12 times, give me a break

      After the first shot fired I am sure the threat was eliminated and if not at least by the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and finaly 12.

      • concerned

        Another reason we should return to the 45 cal. or at least a 40 cal. both have much more powerful knockdown with there use . We also should better training for our police .
        I also thought that if a police officer was going to drink they were supposed to not be armed , what are the rules when this happens , can anyone please explain .

      • Chalkie

        You can say that. I read a story about a border patrol officer that unloaded 2 and 1/2 clips into a drugy. He had so much drugs in him, that even after he was shot 4 times in the heart his body just wouldn’t stop. Between adrenaline and drugs you be surprised at what the body can do. But to be honest Tshamba said they were struggling when the first 2 rounds went off from his gun, but the prosecuter said he didn’t have any signs of blood or marks on him showing that he was in a struggle. What he did was premeditated, he knew when he pulled his firearm what he was going to do. What I cannot figure out is they are told if they are going out drinking they should not bring thier firearms with them. A friend of mine told me that, and he is a BCP officer. He should be executed the same way he took that man’s life. Punishment needs to fit the crime.

  • Manny Faces

    Who writes these headlines? Awkward just a little….

  • Tony Ross

    I guarantee that this officer is acquitted of all charges. Even at the end of the article it noted that the defense was able to win a small victory by being able to show a couple of violent incidents in the victims past. The irony tho is that the officer also has a reprimand from a shooting where he shot some one else while being under the influence and he has a questionable murder that he committed while being on duty. Its said to say but police are not held to the same standard as regular citizens and they can basically do watever they want as long as they say they feared for their life.

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    I can’t believe this..he is gonna do 5yrs for killing a soldier..who safely made it back from a war. are you serious..was this judge on drugs. the prosecution made its best arguement by showing that this officer was not engaged if he was then where the signs of a struggle, no blood splatter from a point blank range shot. this officer is just like a common street thug who gets a slap on the wrist for killing another black man. I’m so sick of the city of Baltimore. this is why the citizens have no respect for the law. because 911 is a joke. this family would have been better of dishing out there own justice. WOW!! what is left to say. another disgrace to the city

  • Dennis

    I have no respect for cops.

    • Jess

      Dennis, as a police officer that saddens me, however having been witness to many things it does not surprise me, nor does it offend me as it appears it does others on here. As for the comment about having a family member raped, the person who wrote that needs to think about what he is saying. As a police officer I would rather you never have to call upon me or any other person for such horrible things, I would as I would assume most of us would rather that people continue not to have respect for us then to have to have us respond to help in a horrible crisis. Men like the one just convicted are not police officers, they are children playing at being police officers and unfortunately there are many people in many departments who are that way. So Dennis I hope that someday you might find yourself speaking in good terms with an officer that might broaden your view of police officers, but it is alright for you to feel as you do.

    • dennis=coward

      Until some thug rapes your wife or daughter and you have no one else to turn to except the poilce so you call 911 and they end up catching the piece of $hit who stuck his diggler deep inside your family member against their will, and your forced to eat crow and hang your head in shame as they did what they took an oath to do…protect and serve…..even igorant, inconsiderate f*cks like yourself!!!

      • Thunder Kitty

        Wow all he said was he didn’t respect cops, and now you wish his daughter and wife get raped. Maybe cops haven’t earned his respect. Have they earned yours? Should he just out right respect all cops when most times cops only respect other cops? GTFOH. You are the ignorant one. Only a few deserve respect, a minimal few. Every other day there is a story about an officer committing heinous crimes, that is enough to show you shouldn’t respect them. For every crime they get caught doing, just imagine the ones they get away with because they protect each others back. Protect each other and serve themselves is their real motto.

      • jess

        Thunder Kitty: As a police officer I have to say that I agree with you. Not so much on the part that most cops only respect other cops, but there are a lot of cops out there that do not deserve to wear a badge. We are all human after all. Anyone who has never worn a badge, or even served in the military does not completely understand the job, but that is no excuse. I agree with the guilty verdict, honestly i am suprised that he only got manslaughter. Hold on to your views, because I would rather be disrespected by someone who has never needed me then to be needed for a horrible crime like rape.

  • Onekkatheone AndonlyFrancis

    He deserves the maximum sentence, he was acting wreckless that night and the thought of him being released after 5yrs scares me.

  • stacy

    Black-on-Black crime. Two black males down. This police officer would not have been found guilty of anything if he had been white. Is there any wonder why white police officers who empty their guns on Black males get away with it? Hell, they are trained to shoot until the can’t shoot no more. Poor Gahiji Tshamba, he thought he would be protected by the thin blue line. Black officers wake up. That only applies to white officers.

    It is unfortunate that the officer who could have been a “hero” for stopping a sexual assault on a Black female instead was power drunk and killed this guy.

    I doubt that Brown would have learned his lesson or that other Black males will learn from this. Sexual assault is not “just a joke.”

    I wonder how Brown’s sisters would have reacted had a stranger sexually assaulted them. Would it be just a joke? Harmless? Just playing”

    Quite frankly, there was fault all around. Black males should drink less and focus on more important matters than sex.

    • gm

      Stop pulling the race thing as its not our fault blacks kill blacks. The reason there are more blacks on death row is because they commit more murders in whatever state they are convicted in. I have seen so much discrimination in blacks when I worked in Baltimore than you know and its getting old. We are all children of God and have more in common than not. You might throw in the poverty thing too, but the fact is that people should get jobs and education which is offered to all. Wheres White History and Amercian History month?

      All murderers who kill other than for self defense should be executed or jailed for life, which should mean life, not with chance of parole regardless of color.

      • Thunder Kitty

        Wow an argument against racism, while being racist! Wonderful!

    • BlknMld

      A HERO. Are you stupid. This had nothing to do with RACE. You need to stop drinkiing.

    • VWStyle

      Way to go….bring race into it! Stupid comment.

  • MO

    i WAS THERE DOING JURY DUTY IN ANOTHER COURTROOM WHILE THIS TRIAL WAS GOING ON….IT WAS HECTIC, NEWS REPORTERS ALL OVER. I hope the judge gives him the correct amount of time for this crime.

  • First Responder

    @Dennis: cops don’t respect you either. Next time someone breaks into your project apartment, call a plumber instead.

    @Stacy: Most cops are a lot more educated than you. Your GED doesn’t make you a Rhodes Scholar.

    • Censored BS

      you are such a smart and well spoken person, First Responder. you are the reason people don’t trust cops. you defeat your own value by defending the indefensible, and put all police at greater risk in the field by spouting off and creating more resentment and anger among the already restful and angry. nice job… smarty pants.

  • susan

    To commonsense and Tony, You can tell when a cop is responding to a call or not. They come to a stop behind other vehicles sometimes at a normal speed, turn light on to go through and once through they shut them off and continue at normal speed, otherwise they would be gunning their engines to get to a emergency. I also know that they get false alarms so I am not counting that. The lights are not 30 seconds they are 2 minutes.

    • commonsense

      So what’s your logic? The officer who has another 5 years on his shift just doesnt want to wait? He has nothing better to do but make Susan upset that he has the authority not to wait at the light?

      It’s not logical Susan and you are clueless. If there have another 3-4 hours in their day left what sense does it make to rush around unless they need to.

      Let alone the risk….if the officer gets in an accident running a red light for no apparent reason they stand to have issues with their supervisor. Over what?

      Again….begin to look up how fire and ambo’s respond to calls if you want to go on a crusade to change things.

  • dee

    Tshamba, u deserves death sentences for ur actions,30 years a slap on wrist .

  • Doug

    It’s about this time,I’m longing for an old fashion,
    public hanging,complete with a family picnic and a town band.
    The kids always learned the lesson of what happens when you murdered
    And the food tasted JUST fine.

  • nightwalker

    Personally that guy should have never touched the officers friend on the buttock or back side. I’m sure the cop felt scared for him self being that the marine was much larger them him. When the cop told him he was going to lock him up and to get on the ground that is what the marine should have done. No, what he did was run off with his mouth talking “well I’m a marine.” The only thing that cop did was filling that marine with so many holes. I’m sure that marine would have kept coming after that cop due too the marine was much larger then the cop him self. I don’t feel sorry for the guy. I feel for the cop. Yes he has some bad things in his closet but when an officer tells your to drop you drop. You can always get things straighten out later. This should be a lesson to all brothers out here do not put your damn hands on any women period especially when it’s a stranger. You want to touch some thing go touch your own backside.

    • Thunder Kitty

      Wow the cop clearly lied about everything that happened, even the judge said so and you are still blaming the victim. If a person never ids themselves as a cop and pulls a gun on you, are you saying you wouldn’t at least try to defend yourself? We are talking a marine who served his country and a cop who has a history of bad shooting. The cop was visibly drunk and refused a breathalyzer and we all know his version of events was designed to try and get him out of trouble. It’s obvious you are only excusing this guy because you have a problem with black men according to your last two statements. Are you saying there is an epidemic of black men only putting their hands on women and they should be shot on sight? If you are going to offer tips to people offer them to all men, not just the “BROTHERS” I AM SURE ALL MEN CAN BENEFIT FROM THAT STATEMENT.

    • chalkie

      But saying your a cop means nothing, it never said he showed his badge at anytime. I bounced in bars, there is and has always been alot of grabbing arses in bars. I don’t think its right for anyone to grab anyone, but i have NEVER seen someone killed over it. This cop refused a blood test tells you how drunk he was. He was trying to get out of the situation, say what ever he could. I don’t feel sorry for anyone with as many question on his record as this officer had, if anything he should have shaped up and gotten better as a cop knowing his own record. Instead I think he thought he was untouchable and could do what ever he wanted. Just shows cops are not untouchable.

    • BlknMld

      If you had any sense at all you would be scary. Just reading the quotes of Tshamba testimony it is easy to see he was lying about the incident. Just that fact that he said he only had “one” beer but yet refused to take a breathlyzer tells me he knew he was wrong. “I only had one beer”… he must have learned the phrase from making DUI stops. I hope the judge gives every year allowable by the law. Simply put, he murdered Brown simply because Tshamba is a COWARD at heart.

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  • tired

    For those of you who keep blaming the cops for “getting away” with things….why don’t you think about these Baltimore City juries and in this case the judge. These are the people that don’t convict or punish harshly enough.

  • Reality Check

    There are some cops who have college (undergraduate and /or graduate) degrees in Baltimore City.If anyone thinks he or she could do a better job, apply for a position with the Baltimore City Police Department. Instead of being a part of the problem, be a part of the solution.

  • golferboy

    Yawn…Who Care’s…

  • Billy

    Two thugs off the street win / win

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