In the US state of Virginia, a police officer shot a man several times, mistakenly believing that he was armed, writes the New York Times newspaper, citing the state police.
According to the newspaper, on Wednesday, a police officer first came to a call about a broken car and drove the victim, Isaiah Brown, home. 45 minutes later, Brown again received a 911 call about a “domestic incident,” in which he can be heard arguing with his brother and asking him to send someone to his home with the words “I can kill my brother.” According to a recording of the conversation provided by the service on Friday, Brown said he was not carrying a gun.
According to police, when a law enforcement officer arrived on the call, he saw Brown on the street; he had an object that looked like a weapon in his hands. He ordered him to stop and drop the weapon and fired several times. Seeing that Brown was injured, the police officer gave him medical attention.
According to Brown’s lawyer, the police officer mistook the home radio phone for a gun. At the same time, his client followed all the instructions of the police officer and raised his hands, holding the phone in one of them. After reviewing the video from the officer’s body cameras, State police confirmed that Brown was not armed.
The publication writes that the family of Brown heard 10 shots, now the victim is in intensive care. The police suspended the police officer for the duration of the investigation without giving his name.