911 call, radio traffic give insight in Raleigh officer-involved shooting

(Amy Cutler/North Carolina News)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh Police on Tuesday released a 911 call and police radio traffic related to Monday’s deadly officer-involved shooting.

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The two recordings shed some light on the moments before and after a foot chase that led to Officer D.C. Twiddy shooting Akiel Denkins.

A caller tells the 911 dispatcher the location of the shooting. The call was made at 12:27 p.m. Monday.

Click to listen to the 911 call:

“One of your officers just shot (inaudible),” the caller said.

“I’m on my way over there right now with my lawyer and if there’s anything out of the ordinary where he ain’t got nothing on him, I’m suing the City of Raleigh today,” the caller continued.

The caller then told the dispatcher an ambulance was needed at the scene.

Raleigh Police radio traffic shows Twiddy calling in a foot chase before asking for back up.

Twiddy reported shots fired before asking for EMS as the suspect was “not conscious or breathing.”

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Dozens of demonstrators marched through downtown Raleigh Tuesday evening, the day after the 24-year-old Denkins was killed.

The crowd moved from the site of the shooting, near East and Bragg streets, to the Wake County Courthouse on Fayetteville Street.

Raleigh Police blocked off streets as the demonstrators moved towards the courthouse.

Chants of “black lives matter” could be heard at the start of the march. But North Carolina News reporter Amy Cutler said the march started to get quiet as it moved.

Once at the courthouse, demonstrators took to the building’s steps and chanted, “We’re here!”

Earlier Tuesday, North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP and the Raleigh mayor held separate press conferences to discuss the shooting.

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Raleigh Police said Twiddy was attempting to arrest Denkins on a drug charge. Police said he took off running and that’s when the suspect was shot.

“We must have transparency in this investigation,” the Rev. William Barber said during Tuesday’s press conference.

Also Tuesday, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane asked for calm and patience as the investigation continues.

“Any loss of life, regardless of circumstances, is a tragedy,” she said. “We are committed to ensuring information is shared as it becomes available.”

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting and Twiddy has been placed on administrative duty.

Tuesday, the SBI formally identified Denkins as the man who was shot in the incident.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said a gun was found near the suspect, who was previously identified by the family as Denkins.

During Tuesday’s press conference Barber said a “warrant is not a license to kill.” Barber also said that Denkin’s mother, Rolanda Byrd, hasn’t been able to identify her son’s body.

Byrd said she was turned away from the morgue and that she hasn’t officially been notified that her son is dead.

“As far as yesterday, by the time they finished, at this point haven’t had a phone call,” Byrd said.

Attorney General Roy Cooper weighed in on the shooting Tuesday, saying, “I know it is horrific for people in the community when someone loses a life. It is clear that investigators and prosecutors should look at this matter thoroughly.”

A family friend said it’s been a tough night and they want answers sooner rather than later.

“How frustrating has this experience been for his family? I don’t know if you can call it as much frustration as it is heartbreaking,” said William Cooper Thomas III.

Cooper said authorities should take this case where the facts of the investigation lead them.

Body cameras were not used during the incident but Barber said the NAACP advocates for the officers wearing body cameras.

Family members set up a make-shift memorial near the site of the shooting Tuesday morning.

Twiddy has been with the Raleigh Police Department since November 2009.

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