A Virginia adjutant mistaken a cordless phone for a gun in a black man’s shooting, lawyers say


A Virginia man is in the intensive care unit after a deputy sheriff shot him 10 times outside his home early Wednesday, his family said.

A 32-year-old black man, Isaiah Brown, is walking down the street from his home in Spotsylvania County, and a Virginia Sheriff’s adjutant said, “A domestic incident,” According to a police statementNot only body camera footage and 911 audio.

Video and audio released late Friday appeared to the adjutant repeatedly yelling “drop the gun” and saying “he has a gun in his head” on the radio. Before shooting Brown, the lieutenant shouts, “Stop walking towards me, stop walking towards me,” and “Stop, stop.”

A Virginia adjutant made a mistake in the cordless phone that Brown had a gun, his lawyer David Haynes said in a statement provided to USA Today. Brown was unarmed at the time of the shooting and “clearly told the dispatch that he had no weapons more than 90 seconds before the adjutant arrived,” he said.

“Isaiah is currently fighting for his life as a result of these completely avoidable errors by agents and dispatches,” Haynes said.

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Recording release with family Virginia American Citizens’ Freedom Union Requested to publish them. Until then, little information was provided.

Spot Sylvania County Sheriff Roger L. Harris said in a video released with body camera footage that a special counsel had been appointed to the case and a deputy prosecutor had taken leave.

Brown’s family said WRC-TV The same lieutenant allowed Brown to drive home from the gas station after the car broke down earlier in the day.

He later called 911 for an unrelated dispute with his brother.

Brown heard on the phone about a dispute that his brother kept him out of his mother’s room and said he couldn’t get in his car. The coordinator tells Brown that his car broke down and was towed.

Brown then says, “OK, give me a gun,” and I hear his brother saying “no” in the background. When the coordinator asked what was happening, Brown replied, “I’m trying to kill my brother.”

The coordinator says, “Don’t kill your brother,” and repeatedly asks if Brown is armed, but he says no. Brown then told the dispatcher he was walking down the road, where the adjutant met him.

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Contribution: Associated Press

This article was originally published in USA TODAY: According to lawyers, Izzy Brown was shot by an adjutant who mistaken the phone for a gun.



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