The State Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
A funeral for Akiel Denkins was held Friday afternoon in Raleigh just one day after the Raleigh police chief released a report about the shooting. She said she will send a report to the city manager within five working days.
This account, released by Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown on Thursday, is preliminary and based largely on the officer’s statements.
Update: Denkins was indeed killed attempting to shoot Officer Twiddy. Police said Twiddy knew Denkins had an outstanding warrant for his arrest relating to a felony drug charge.
The Wake County District Attorney says the preliminary autopsy report for Akiel Denkins shows that he was shot four times; once in the chest, once in each arm, and once in the right shoulder.
Twiddy turned north from Bragg Street to south East Street and jumped over a fence and into the backyard of a house. As the two struggled, Twiddy says he saw Denkins pull a handgun from the front of his waistband and “begin to move it toward Officer Twiddy”. Twiddy grabbed Denkins and was trying to arrest him when he both “felt” and “observed” Denkins reaching for an object in the waistband of his trousers.
At that point, the report said, Denkins collapsed and dropped the gun, which had previously been reported stolen.
The neighborhood where a police officer fatally shot a man during a foot chase is on edge Tuesday, awaiting answers in one of the latest police shootings in a predominantly African-American community.
“The information we have today is not the complete story and only the beginning of the investigation”, Hall said. She said she was thinking about his two children: “It’s really sad that young man isn’t going to get to see them grow up”. A gun was found “in close proximity” to the victim’s body, police say.
The report says Twiddy’s patrol vehicle was equipped with a dashboard video recorder but that it was not turned on because he had not activated his blue lights, which trigger the camera.
“I ask everyone to please be patient while the follow-up investigations are being conducted to determine the facts about what happened today”, Deck-Brown said Monday.
Twiddy is a senior officer assigned to the Field Operations Division and has been employed with the Raleigh Police Department since 2009, Raleigh Police Deparmtnet spokesman Jim Sughrue said.