Who is Brianna Gibbs? Johnny May Cash's gf claims she shot and killed him in self-defense

Gibbs informed authorities that she decided to shoot Cash if he 'came out aggressively at her'


                            Who is Brianna Gibbs? Johnny May Cash's gf claims she shot and killed him in self-defense
Johnny May Cash, Chicago rapper, died at the age of 27 (Credits: Facebook/Johnny May Cash and Youtube/Lannis S)
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Johnny May Cash, the Chicago rapper, was killed by his own girlfriend, Brianna Gibbs, who shot him multiple times. Gibbs, who was detained in Bronzeville six hours after the incident on Sunday morning, April 17, admitted to the killing claiming that she shot Cash in self-defense.

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On April 17, the Police responded to a Shotspotter warning near the 8400 block of South Aberdeen Street at about 2:20 am, and discovered four expended 9-mm round casings. When the police came, neither Cash, born Tyrone Pittman, nor his girlfriend were on the scene. Cash was driven to Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Chicago by a friend and admitted with a gunshot wound to the thigh, according to authorities. He later died as a result of his injuries. Meanwhile, Gibbs was driven to the home of a family member before being transported to the hospital, where she filed a domestic abuse report. After learning that she was a suspect in Cash's murder, police arrested her and charged her with first-degree murder.

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In the trial, Gibbs said she shot Cash, the brother of rapper/producer Young Chop, because she was afraid for her safety. During an argument at his residence in Chicago's Bronzeville area on Sunday, she informed police that her boyfriend had taken a chunk of her hair out. Cash's gun apparently dropped to the ground during the scuffle and was snatched up by Gibbs. With the gun in hand, Gibbs rushed to the porch, telling Cash to fetch her phone from inside. Gibbs informed authorities that she decided to shoot Cash if he 'came out aggressively at her'.

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Gibbs told authorities that he assaulted her, punching her and ripping a part of her hair out before she shot him. According to Assistant State's Attorney James Murphy, when Cash reached the porch, Gibbs fired multiple bullets at him. After the artist slumped back into the doorway, Gibbs allegedly took her phone and fired another shot from outside the front steps.

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Gibbs was treated for a split lip that required "numerous" stitches and bruising on her breast and legs, according to an associate public defender who testified in court on Tuesday, April 19.


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Murphy mentioned a recent YouTube video in which Cash allegedly punches Gibbs and slams her against a wall "with such force that plaster can be seen falling in front of the camera." Cash was also charged with domestic violence in 2015 and 2017, Murphy told the court on Tuesday. Both cases, which involved different women, were subsequently withdrawn, according to court documents.

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Meanwhile, Gibbs' legal team maintained that the deadly shooting was justified. The court appeared to be persuaded by the woman's claim and Judge Susana Ortiz set her bond at $100,000, agreeing that the case appeared to have a solid self-defense claim. The date of her next court appearance is set for May 9.

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