The officer was chasing the suspect — wanted for a felony drug charge — on foot, Raleigh police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown told reporters. “During the course of the pursuit, the suspect was shot and killed by the officer,” she said.
“Initially, it is known that a firearm was located within close proximity to the deceased suspect,” she added without elaborating. Deck-Brown asked for patience while the authorities investigate the incident.
Police did not identify the officer or the suspect. However, local media reported a woman at the scene as saying a cousin had told her a police officer had shot and killed her 24-year-old son.
Rolanda Byrd said her son, Akiel Denkins, was unarmed and had been shot in the back, the paper reported.