Hip-hop star Money Mitch allegedly fired shots at police officers during a traffic stop in Lake Park, Florida and was then reportedly found dead in a home close to the scene
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Rapper Money Mitch allegedly turned his gun on himself after opening fire on police officers during a traffic stop in Florida last month.
The hip-hop star, real name Mitchell Holmes, was found dead at a home in the city on June 23 and his death reportedly occurred shortly after an incident with police.
In a video posted on Twitter, Deputy Chief Frank DeMario of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said the star was being surveilled by officers and was travelling in an Uber when the team initiated a traffic stop.
DeMario said: "Our tactical unit was surveilling a suspect for murder. They also have probable cause on him for drugs. So they proceeded to do a traffic. He was in an Uber."
He claimed the rapper then jumped out of the car and started shooting at two police deputies, explaining: "[He] saw us pull over, jumped out of the car, and started shooting at us.
Money Mitch died on June 23 after a traffic stop ended in a shoot out
"I don't know how many rounds were fired, six or seven but he did it in several different locations.
"We followed him up to a building and on the second floor, we noticed some blood droppings on the first floor. We thought he was wounded.
"When we got up there he had committed suicide so we didn't have any involvement in far as shooting him."
When asked by reporters about whether the deputies returned fire during the shoot out, DeMario replied: "They did return fire, but they didn't hit him."
The rapper is believed to have taken his own life after a gun battle with cops
A probe into the death is underway and the two officers involved in the shoot out have been placed on administrative leave, which is normal procedure.
Neither of the officers were injured in the incident.
Money Mitch shot to fame at the end of last year when he released a track called Charged Up with rapper SpotemGottem which gained more than 200,000 watches on YouTube.
The star released a YouTube hit last year
His Instagram page had more than 2,000 followers and he's said to have had a deal with Big Gates Records.
He's believed to have recorded around 10 songs this year and released his EP Juvenile Dreams.
An official statement fro his family has yet to be released, but fellow rapper posted.a tribute on social media, writing: "I’ll never be the same again.
"I love you lil bro thank u for everything."
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