A Virginia sheriff’s deputy shot and severely injured an unarmed black man after mistaking his cell phone for a gun, recently released bodycam video reveals.
At the time of the early morning Wednesday shooting, Isaiah Brown, 32, was speaking to a 911 dispatcher near his home in Spotsylvania County to report a domestic dispute with his brother, according to recently released 911 audio.
Brown can be heard telling the dispatcher that he is planning to kill his brother. Moments later, the deputy spotted Brown.
Earlier in the evening, the same deputy had given Brown a ride home after his car broke down.
When the deputy encountered Brown the second time, he ordered Brown to “show me your hands” and “drop the gun” several times before firing several shots, according to the audio.
On Friday, activists gathered outside the sheriff’s office to protest the shooting after law enforcement officials announced a probe of the incident.
“After viewing the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s deputy bodycam video and listening to the 911 call, it is evident that the tragic shooting of Isaiah Brown was completely avoidable,” said David Hynes, a lawyer for Brown in a statement to the press.