RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A man running from the Raleigh Police was shot and killed Monday at the intersection of Bragg and East streets, a shooting that had neighbors concerned and police blocking off the area where the incident happened.
The shooting occurred shortly after noon and involved a 29-year-old officer who has been on the force for just over six years, Raleigh Police said.
Rolanda Byrd, the victim’s mom told WNCN that her son, Akiel Denkins, was wanted on a warrant. Denkins, 24, was running from police when he was shot in the back and killed, Byrd, said.
“He was unarmed and he was running away because they couldn’t catch him and he jumped the fence and they shot at him seven times,” said Byrd, adding that her son leaves behind two children.
During a news conference late Monday afternoon, Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said that a gun was found near the victim.
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Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim, but later confirmed that he died.
Near the scene of the shooting, several people had gathered on Monday evening to remember the victim.
A speaker at the vigil said the shooting didn’t need to happen and said Denkins “could have been arrested tomorrow.”
The crowd also chanted, “United we stand, divided we crumble.”
On Monday night, police said the officer in the shooting, Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy, assigned to the Field Operations Division, has been employed by the Raleigh Police Department since November 2009.
“In accordance with departmental policy, Officer Twiddy has been placed on administrative duty,” Raleigh police said.
“It’s obviously a sad, terrible situation and we’re all very saddened by the news but I really don’t have any information right now,” Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane told WNCN. “The Raleigh Police Department is currently working on a report and we’ll get that out to you as soon as we can.”
“We were scheduled to talk about it today because it’s something everyone across the country is talking about….I don’t know if [body cameras] would have made a difference today. The primary thing is that we don’t want these situations to happen at all in the first place, cameras or not.”
The SBI is investigating the shooting.