The New York Police Department (NYPD) is reportedly investigating allegations that a police officer told members of his team to “shoot” rapper 50 Cent.

The threat was allegedly made by Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez last June ahead of an NYPD-sanctioned boxing match that 50 Cent was planning to attend, according to ABC News. Gonzalez told his team to shoot the rapper, who was born Curtis Jackson, "on sight."


50 Cent said on Sunday he was taking the threat “very seriously.”

"The matter is under internal review," a police department spokesperson told ABC News.

The Hill has reached out to NYPD for comment on the matter.

Gonzalez has since reportedly attempted to pass off the comment as a joke.

The two men have a history with each other, with Gonzalez filing an aggravated harassment complaint against the rapper a month before he made the reported threat.

In the harassment complaint, Gonzalez said 50 Cent threatened him on social media after a Brooklyn nightclub frequented by the rapper alleged Gonzalez began began a "campaign of harassment to close the business due to the race and/or national origin of the business owner, its patrons and other stakeholders."

50 Cent alleges that Gonzalez, a 30-year veteran with NYPD, was selectively enforcing rules against the club, forcing it to face a court challenge to uphold its liquor license.

The lawsuit is yet to be resolved.

50 Cent posted several times on Twitter over the weekend about the reported incident, including pictures of Gonzalez.

He wrote that he is “consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward.”