No charges will be filed against the white Raleigh police officer who shot and killed a young black man he was trying to arrest back in February.
The Wake County District Attorney’s office has ruled that police officer D.C. Twiddy shot Akiel Denkins in self-defense.
The shooting occurred on February 29 around noon. Twiddy was attempting to arrest 24-year-old Denkins for failure to appear in court on felony drug charges. After a chase, Twiddy told investigators Denkins reached for a gun, so he shot Denkins in self-defense. Preliminary autopsy reports show Denkins was shot four times. A revolver was found next to his body.
Many residents, along with the NAACP, protested the deadly officer involved shooting. District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said in a statement, their independent investigation shows no criminal charges against Twiddy are warranted.