Virginia deputy who shot man appears to mistake phone for gun

Virginia deputy who shot man appears to mistake phone for gun

Isaiah Brown, 32, was driven home from by a Spotsylvania County deputy at around 2:30am Wednesday after his vehicle broke broke down at a gas station on Route 3, his siblings told NBC 4 Washington.

"It is evident that the tragic shooting of Isaiah Brown was completely avoidable", Brown's attorney David Haynes said in a statement Friday.

The body-worn camera video is dark and the camera is pointed away from the action, but a sheriff's deputy who arrived can be heard telling Brown to show his hands.

Soon after, the deputy tells Brown to stop walking toward him and then fires seven shots in quick succession, striking Brown. Sirens can then start to be heard in the background and the dispatcher tells Isaiah, "you need to hold your hands up".

But the Spotsylvania Branch of the NAACP said on Facebook that they have arranged the footage to be released by police once the family have had a chance to view it.

The body camera video and 911 audio were released late Friday, after the sheriff's office said Brown'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.

Harris said the deputy, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave and Virginia State Police is handling the investigation.

But less than an hour later at 3:18am Brown dialed 911, with the sheriff's office marked the call as a "domestic" situation.

The incident took place outside Brown's family's home in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on early Wednesday morning. Tamzon believes that Isaiah was hoping to catch a ride back to his auto to avoid it getting towed. "There is no indication that Isaiah did anything other than comply with dispatch's orders and raised his hands with the phone in his hand as instructed". Brown replied, "Because I can".

It's unclear whether the deputy knew Brown told the dispatcher he wasn't armed or knew Brown was walking down the street with a cordless house phone.

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