The New York Daily News reports that Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzales apparently made the threat during a meeting before a boxing match at the 72nd precinct in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in June 2018.

Gonzales, the commanding officer of the precinct, told his officers to "shoot 50 Cent on sight", and later tried to play it off as a joke. The rapper and actor was made aware of the threat on Sunday (17 February) when the news was posted.

The Power executive producer took to Twitter to respond to the headlines, "This guy Emanuel Gonzales is a dirty cop abusing his POWER. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun. I take this threat very seriously and im consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward."

His later tweets went on to call Gonzales a "gangsta with a badge", before stating he "is not fit to be a commanding officer".

It seems Gonzales has had an ongoing problem with the rapper and actor. Variety reports the NYPD officer apparently filed a "aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent" in May 2018 after the rapper had "threatened him on Instagram".

Gonzales is said to still be on active duty, but will now be investigated by the police headquarters. A spokesperson for 50 Cent, who's real name is Curtis Jackson, confirmed to The New York Daily News, "Mr. Jackson takes this threat very seriously and is consulting with his legal counsel regarding his options going forward. He is concerned that he was not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD and even more concerned that Gonzalez continues to carry a badge and a gun.”