Marcus Pettis, better known as rapper Money Mitch, died at 23 on July 23 from a self-inflicted gunshot after being involved in a shootout with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s (PBSO) deputies.

The artist had a warrant out for his arrest “as he was a suspect in a murder investigation and possession of drugs.”

Initially, authorities didn’t identify the rapper as the deceased, but they soon confirmed it was him.

Money Mitch was under observation due to a murder investigation. Officials performed a traffic stop around 4 p.m. while he was in an Uber by Evergreen Drive and 9th Street, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Frank DeMario explained in a press conference.

“About 10 minutes to four our tactical unit was surveilling a suspect for murder. They also have probable cause on him for drugs,” said DeMario.

DeMario said that when Money Mitch’s Uber was pulled over, he “jumped out of the car, and started shooting at us. I don’t know how many rounds were fired, six or seven but he did it in several different locations.”

Two PBSO deputies fired back; according to release by the Sherriff’s Office, the rapper attempted to flee the scene.

“We followed him to a building and on the second floor, we noticed some blood droppings on the first floor. We thought he was wounded,” explained DeMario at his press conference. “When we got up there he had [died by] suicide.”

Officials said that no shooting occurred inside the building and “didn’t have any involvement in the shooting.”

Two deputies involved in the shooting are currently on paid administrative leave as “standard department protocol.”

An investigation is being directed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, detectives from PBSO Violent Crimes and the State Attorney’s Office.

If you or someone you know is in danger of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or visit the website suicidepreventioinlifeline.org

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