The Latest: Investigation into man shot by officer ongoing

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Posted: Mar 03, 2016 7:19 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the shooting of a black man by a white police officer (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by white police officer is ongoing.

Freeman said Thursday the State Bureau of Investigation has been talking to witnesses. She says authorities had no video of the incident and urges anyone with footage to come forward. She says the North Carolina state crime lab is trying to expedite the analysis of forensic evidence.

Freeman says she had talked to Denkins' family earlier this week about some of the medical findings.

Freeman says forensic evidence could validate details of Officer D.C. Twiddy's account of the shooting, but she promised authorities would not rush to any conclusion in the case.

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6:30 p.m.

A North Carolina prosecutor says authorities are still investigating whether a black man fatally shot by a white police officer was shot in the back.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says the medical examiner is still looking into how and where the bullets entered 24-year-old Akiel Denkins' body. A preliminary autopsy released Thursday shows Denkins was shot in his right chest, left forearm, right upper arm and right shoulder.

A news release from Freeman's office does not provide further details, and Freeman declined to elaborate when asked if the bullets entered Denkins' body from the front or back.

A report from Raleigh Police Chief C.L. Deck-Brown says Officer D.C. Twiddy had been trying to arrest 24-year-old Akiel Denkins when the two got into a struggle. The report, also released Thursday, says Denkins pulled a gun from the front of his waistband.

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5:25 p.m.

Police say a white North Carolina officer fatally shot a black man during a struggle when the man pulled a gun from his waistband and then reached for the officer's weapon.

A report from Raleigh Police Chief C.L. Deck-Brown says Officer D.C. Twiddy had been trying to arrest 24-year-old Akiel Denkins when the two got into a struggle. The report, released Thursday, says Denkins pulled a gun from the front of his waistband and then began to move it toward the officer. The officer then fired several shots.

Separately, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says a preliminary autopsy shows Denkins of Raleigh was shot in his right chest, left forearm, right upper arm, and right shoulder.