Daily US Times: Virginia State Police has confirmed that an unarmed man was shot by a Virginia sheriff’s deputy about an hour after the same deputy gave the man a ride home.
The 32-year-old Isaiah Brown was shot while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, according to 911 audio released Friday, as the deputy returned while responding to a “domestic incident.”
According to statements from the Virginia State Police, Brown was taken to a local hospital after the shooting early Wednesday with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The statement said its Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office Police Shooting Investigation Team was investigating at the request of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.
The 911 audio and the body camera video were released late Friday, after the sheriff’s office said the victim’s family had reviewed both at the invitation of the sheriff’s office and a special prosecutor in the case, the Fredericksburg Commonwealth’s Attorney.
David Haynes, an attorney for Brown’s family, said in a statement: “After viewing the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s deputy’s bodycam video and listening to the 911 call, it is evident that the tragic shooting of Isaiah Brown was completely avoidable.”
Mr Haynes said Brown was “on the phone with 911 at the time of the shooting and the officer mistook a cordless house phone for a gun.”
Virginia State Police spokesperson told that Brown was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
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