Demetrius DuBose
Date of birth: (1971-03-23)March 23, 1971
Place of birth: Seattle, Washington
Date of death: July 24, 1999(1999-07-24) (aged 28)
Place of death: San Diego, California
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick 34
 As player:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Jets
Playing stats at

Adolphus Demetrius DuBose (March 23, 1971 – July 24, 1999) was an American football linebacker in the NFL, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round (34th pick overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. After failing to live up to expectations, he was allowed to leave as a free agent and signed with the New York Jets in 1997. He was waived by the Jets only four months later. DuBose died on July 24, 1999 after being shot by police officers.

DuBose attended the University of Notre Dame, where he was a starting linebacker for the Fighting Irish.[1]

Life after footballEdit

During the off-season, he visited places such as Australia, New Zealand, and various countries in Europe. He also spent time in Vail, Colorado tuning in his snowboarding skills. After football he invested much of his football earnings in not very successful business ventures including a line of sports clothing and a beach volleyball league. Dubose had aspirations of becoming a successful pro beach volleyball player and was on his way to achieving his goal.


DuBose was shot (12 times) to death by two police officers, Timothy Keating and Robert Wills, in San Diego during a confrontation on July 24, 1999 after he illegally entered another person's house. He was said to be in the process of an alleged burglary.[2] He then resisted arrest and started to attack the police officers, including trying to steal their weapons. Allegations also persist he tried to flee the scene. Police contended they had no choice but to protect themselves and others when the fatal shots were fired. DuBose was shot twelve times by the two officers with their 9mm handguns. The toxicology reports showed that he had alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy in his system. He was 28.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California investigated the shooting and found that it was justified.[3] The entire report has been posted on the web.[4] In May 2000, "[t]he Citizens Review Board on Police Practices concluded that while the shooting was a justified use of deadly force under the department's guidelines, the two officers 'did not exercise sufficient discretion.'"[5] In February 2003, a ten-person federal jury in a wrongful death suit found the officers to be not liable.[6]


  1. Newman, Scott (October 10, 1991). "Notre Dame's defense knows it can't rest". The Pittsburgh Press.,5714272&dq=demetrius-dubose&hl=en.
  2. (accessed November 9, 2010).
  3. Los Angeles Times, November 6, 1999, "FBI Says Slaying of NFL Player Justified" (accessed November 9, 2010)
  4. Police Murder of Demetrius DuBose
  5. Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times, "Police Panel Criticizes Officers in Athlete's Death," May 4, 2000, (accessed November 9, 2010).
  6. Seattle Times, February 19, 2003, "Federal jury rules in favor of police in DuBose case," (accessed November 9, 2010)

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