Officer DC Twiddy Cleared In Akiel Denkins Shooting

Apr 14, 2016

Photo of Akiel Denkins at a vigil after he was shot and killed by a Raleigh police officer.
Credit Leoneda Inge

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.