The Latest: Police ID black man fatally shot by officer

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Posted: Mar 01, 2016 3:08 PM
The Latest: Police ID black man fatally shot by officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a suspect by a Raleigh police officer (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

The State Bureau of Investigation is confirming the identity of a black man who was fatally shot by a police officer.

The agency says 24-year-old Akiel Denkins, of Raleigh, was killed and that agents have talked to his mother, Rolonda Byrd. She had earlier complained that authorities had not told her that her son had been killed and that they wouldn't let her see his body.

The news release from the State Bureau of Investigation said its report would be delivered to the Wake County District Attorney's office upon its completion. It did not release any other details.

Raleigh police said Monday that Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy opened fire on the suspect when he was serving an arrest warrant. Police say a gun was found near Denkins, but it's not clear if he was armed during the chase.


11:45 a.m.

The head of the North Carolina NAACP is calling on authorities to conduct a fair and transparent investigation into the fatal police shooting of black man who was being chased on foot.

The Rev. William Barber II said at a news conference Tuesday that if someone is running away, that is not a "license to kill."

Rolonda Byrd says she is the mother of the man who is believed to have been killed. She says she has talked to the medical examiner and police chief, but they have not told her definitively that her son Akiel Denkins was killed. She also says she hasn't been allowed to look at the body.

Church pastors and neighborhood residents have said the slain man was Denkins, who was 24.

Police are releasing few details about the case. Raleigh police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said Monday an officer was pursuing a man who was wanted on a felony drug charge when the officer opened fire. The chief said a gun was found near the suspect's body, but she did not say whether it was his.


8:40 a.m.

The North Carolina NAACP plans to hold a news conference Tuesday morning on the shooting of a man by a Raleigh police officer.

The civil rights group says the news conference will occur at the site where the man was shot shortly after noon Monday.

The man's name hasn't been officially released by authorities. Police have said he was wanted on drug charges.

The officer was Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy, who's been with the department since 2009. Twiddy is on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department investigates the shooting.


4:20 a.m.

A neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, is awaiting answers about what led an officer to fatally shoot a man wanted on a drug charge as authorities continue investigating.

Eyewitnesses have offered descriptions of what happened to the man after an officer chased him into a backyard, and one woman said she ran down a side street after hearing gunshots.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy was the officer involved in the shooting. He says the 29-year-old Twiddy has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department policy, while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the matter.

Sughrue says the identity of the victim could be released Tuesday.___

Associated Press writers Emery P. Dalesio, Allen G. Breed and Martha Waggoner contributed to this report.