RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It will be at least another six weeks before autopsy results for Akiel Denkins, the man shot and killed by a Raleigh police officer last month, are released by the state, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told CBS North Carolina Monday.
Over the weekend, Denkins’ family held a news conference to reveal that an independent pathologist examined Denkins’ body and determined he was shot in the back, as a witness had previously told his mother.
Denkins, 24, died on the afternoon of Feb. 29, 2016. According to Raleigh police, he was shot during a struggle with Officer D.C. Twiddy, who was attempting to arrest Denkins on a drug charge.
A report released by the department stated Denkins pulled a gun from his waistband as he struggled with the officer, prompting Twiddy to pull his weapon and open fire.
The preliminary report from the medical examiner’s office said Denkins had a wound on his right chest and injuries to his heart and both lungs but it did not specify where the bullets entered.
Freeman said Monday the medical examiner’s office would not release anything further until the analysis is complete.
“We have requested that they expedite this matter but also understand the need for accuracy and thoroughness in a final report,” she said. “We continue to ask for the public’s patience as we seek to conduct a complete and accurate investigation.”