The girlfriend of a Chicago rapper who faced multiple domestic violence allegations has been charged with murder after she allegedly shot her during an altercation last weekend in Gresham.
Brianna Gibbs, 28, was arrested in Bronzeville six hours after she allegedly shot Tyrone Pittman on Sunday morning, Chicago police say.
Pittman, 27, played Johnny May Cash and is the brother of Young Chop, a rapper and producer known for his work with Chief Keef.
In police custody, Gibbs told detectives that Pittman punched her and pulled out a lock of her hair before shooting her, Cook County prosecutors said in court on Tuesday.
An assistant public defender said the shooting was “clearly in self-defense” and noted that Gibbs was treated for a split lip that required “numerous” stitches and had bruises on his chest and legs.
Judge Susana Ortiz agreed that the case appeared to have a strong allegation of self-defense and ordered Gibbs’ bond to be set at $100,000.
Gibbs quietly answered “yes” when the judge asked her if she understood she could not possess a weapon and could not speak to any witnesses in the case if she were released while the case continued.
Police responded at around 2:20 a.m. Sunday to a shotspotter alert in the 8400 block of South Aberdeen Street and found four spent 9mm shell casings, but neither Gibbs nor Pittman were still at the scene, the official said. Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy in court. .
Police later learned that a friend took Pittman to Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park after he was shot in the thigh by his girlfriend, Murphy said.
Pittman was later pronounced dead.
After the shooting, Gibbs waved to a car and was driven to her aunt’s house, where she told her family that Pittman “beat her again” and that she was taken to the hospital, Murphy said. . After taking a domestic violence report, officers learned that she was a suspect in Pittman’s death.
In police custody, Gibbs told detectives she argued with Pittman and he punched her multiple times in the face and body outside her bungalow-style home, before grabbing and pulling her inside, Murphy said.
Gibbs reportedly said she picked up Pittman’s gun when he dropped it during the altercation and walked out to stand on the porch.
She had lost her cell phone inside and asked Pittman to bring it to her, deciding she would shoot him if he “showed aggression,” Murphy said.
When Pittman came out, she fired several times, knocking him back into the doorway, Murphy said. She took her phone and then fired another shot beyond the steps before leaving, Murphy said.
Gibbs had reported to police two weeks earlier, on April 4, and reported that Pittman had hit her, and she had asked for help to retrieve her belongings from his home, Murphy said.
In January, a video uploaded to YouTube showed Pittman punching Gibbs and slamming his body against a wall “with such force that you can see plaster falling in front of the camera,” Murphy said.
Pittman also faced domestic violence charges in 2015 and 2017 involving other women, Murphy said. Both cases were later dropped by prosecutors, according to court records.
Gibbs has no arrest records and is a working-from-home advertising mother of two, her attorney said.
Pittman’s death was “due to his own actions” which “allowed [Gibbs] use lethal force” to protect themselves, the lawyer added.
Gibbs was due back in court on May 9.