Brooklyn Rapper Troy Ave Testifies Against Taxstone In 2016 Shooting Trial

In 2016, a fight between Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave and hiphop podcaster Taxtone resulted in the fatal shooting of Troy Ave’s body guard and friend, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter. On Monday, Troy Ave finally testified in court about the life or death struggle that transpired between the two, The Jasmine Brand reported.

According to Troy Ave, the two wrestled one another to reach a handgun, but Taxtone was able to get to it first. The Brooklyn rapper says that’s when he was shot in both legs.

“When the shot goes off, I see the light from the spark and I hear the shot,” Troy Ave explained. “This is all happening fast. I get up and start fighting Taxstone, trying to take him, grab the gun, and another shot goes off. I put my leg up to kind of block the shot from hitting me in the face or chest.”

After the shots were fired, the two continued to fight and Troy Ave was finally able to grab the firearm. As Taxtone fled the scene, the weapon misfired. The rapper then realized that his friend and security guard was lying face down on the floor.

“I rolled his body over and I’m like, ‘Banga, get up. Come on,’” he recalled. “I’m smacking him, and his eyes were rolling to the back of his head. His shirt was red, so I could tell he got shot.”

Initially, Troy was charged with attempted murder and gun possession for his part in the incident, but is now currently on trial for murder, attempted murder, assault, and possession of firearms. In exchange for his testimony, prosecutors offered Troy Ave a one-year sentence, as opposed to the 15 years he could have faced.

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