Troy Ave has testified during Taxstone’s murder trial to describe the events leading up to a fatal shootout at T.I.’s 2016 Irving Plaza concert.
The New York Post reports that Troy Ave testified in court on Monday (March 13) that he only fired his gun as a fight-or-flight reaction after the well-known podcaster reportedly shot at him first.
“If it’s fight or flight I’m always going to fight because at that point you could die,” Ave reportedly told the Manhattan Supreme Court. “I’d rather die fighting. People die from leg shots. I’d rather die fighting than laying on the ground.”
Describing the situation, he said, “When the shot goes off I see the light from the spark and I hear the shot. 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.”
According to Ave, that’s when Tax allegedly shot him in both legs.
That is when Tax allegedly shot him in both legs, according to Ave.
Troy Ave said he was able to pull the gun away from Tax’s hand at that point, but it misfired and he then saw his bodyguard lying face down on the ground.
Ronald “Banga” McPhatter was pronounced dead in the aftermath. There were also injuries to two spectators.
Troy Ave was first accused for his involvement in the event with attempted murder and possession of a firearm. While the rapper from Brooklyn was initially imprisoned, his legal team was able to negotiate a one-year sentence rather than the 15 years he might have received in exchange for his testimony at Tax’s trial.
In other parts of his testimony, he claimed that when he heard Tax yell, “What’s popping?” there were roughly 100 people there in the greenroom. in what he believed was a “threatening” way.
“Banga turns around to me and says, ‘I’m gonna rock him,’ which means, ‘I’m gonna hit him,’” he testified. “And then I wink at him — I tell him, ‘Do your thing.’”
He claims that’s when Tax pulled out his gun and the brawl started.
Long-standing rivalry between Taxstone (real name Darryl Campbell) and Troy Ave erupted when they met in the green room at Tip’s concert, where Ave was scheduled to be an opening act. Tax was charged in January 2017 after police claimed they discovered his DNA on the gun used in the shooting.
He faces murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons possession charges.