Denkins shot 4 times by Raleigh officer, autopsy confirms

Akiel Denkins
Akiel Denkins (Courtesy: Denkins family)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The autopsy of Akiel Denkins by the state’s Chief Medical Examiner shows he was shot four times, including once in the upper part of his back right shoulder.

Denkins was shot and killed Feb. 29 by Raleigh officer D.C. Twiddy. Wake County district attorney Lorrin Freeman announced Wednesday that her office would not pursue charges against Twiddy.

Akiel Denkins
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“Officer Twiddy’s decision to use deadly force was a lawful response to the situation and deemed necessary to defend himself,” Freeman said in a statement Wednesday.

Freeman made the decision not to charge Twiddy based on extensive interviews and on the autopsy.

The autopsy confirms what Freeman announced on Wednesday. There were four shots that hit Denkins, but the autopsy doesn’t say in what order they hit him. One of the bullets struck Denkins in the upper back of his right shoulder.

The others hit him in the right arm, right chest and in the back of his left arm.

Freeman’s report concluded that Twiddy’s actions were consistent with his training and that his shooting of Denkins was because he felt he was in danger.

Denkins’ family had previously stated he was shot in the back.

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