Virginia authorities release a record of 911 call and bodycam video of incident with black man shot by sheriff's deputy
Virginia authorities released a record of 911 call and bodycam video of the incident when a black man was shot by a sheriff’s deputy an hour after the same deputy gave the man a ride to home.
Black Virginia man, identified as 32-year-old Isaiah Brown called 911 on Wednesday to report that his brother would not let him to his mother’s room and allegedly threatening to kill his sibling. A moment later, Brown tells the dispatcher that he actually didn’t have any arm and that he would better go out for a walk.
The responding Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Deputy caught up with Brown walking down the street. Initially it was reported that the deputy misunderstood a mobile phone for a gun. At that time, Brown was still on line with the 911 dispatcher.
Isaiah Brown is in intensive care after a sheriff's deputy shot him 10 times outside his home in Virginia yesterday.— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) April 22, 2021
Mr. Brown was unarmed, carrying just his cell phone. Bystanders say the deputy appeared to open fire without warning and for no reason.https://t.co/tDkvY4V4mS
Authorities then confirmed that Brown was not armed.
On Friday, police released a bodycam video as well. The footage is dark and not pointed at the action, but it contains the moment when the officer can heard telling Brown to show his hands.
“He’s got a gun to his head!” the voice in the record can be heard.
Brown refused to stop walking when the deputy requested. This is when the officer opened fire at Brown making several rounds.
The officer performed the first aide to Brown before the medics arrived to rush him to the hospital. When at hospital, Brown remains in critical condition.
Isaiah Brown was treated for gunshot wounds to the face, neck, chest, and pelvic area. He is lucky to be alive. pic.twitter.com/b5V02NvOkQ— Marjorie Gaylor Queen (@Tim_Tweeted) April 23, 2021
“In the 911 call, Isaiah clearly told dispatch that he did not have a weapon more than 90 seconds before the deputy arrived,” David Haynes, the attorney representing Brown said in a statement. “He told dispatch that he was walking away from the house and away from anyone else and was on the roadway by himself.”
Haynes is convinced that the shooting was “completely avoidable.”
“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,” Haynes added.
Isaiah Brown is still alive. His car broke down and he got a ride home from a sheriff's deputy. Shortly after dropping him off, the deputy returned and shot him 10 times. The PD won't release video or say what happened. Praying for his recovery.https://t.co/8F0qLyuB8e— #SaveSheikhJarrah (@telushk) April 23, 2021
“I’m just still trying to figure out where he felt the threat at, to feel the need to shoot,” Brown’s sister, Yolanda Brown, told WRC.
Isaiah Brown was shot 10 times in front of his own home in Virginia by a Sheriff’s Deputy. State police confirmed that he was unarmed. pic.twitter.com/CpBhJQL1Ri— Marjorie Gaylor Queen (@Tim_Tweeted) April 23, 2021
“The officer just started shooting at him for no reason. I didn’t hear a warning shot. All I heard was ‘Hands up!’ one time. And all he had was his phone, so I know he put his hands up,” Brown’s brother, Tazmon Brown said.
An interesting detail of this incident is that the same Deputy gave Brown a ride home less than an hour before the shooting. Brown’s car broke down and the man was left stranded at a gas station. At about 2:30 a.m. the deputy picked Brown up at the station and then dropped him off at home without issues.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.
Photo by Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office/YouTube screenshot