Deputy who shot Black man appears to mistake phone for gun

Isaiah Brown was shot by a Spotsylvania County Virginia sheriff's deputy

Isaiah Brown was shot by a Spotsylvania County Virginia sheriff's deputy

David A. Haynes, an attorney for Brown's family, said Brown was unarmed and had only a cordless house phone in his hand.

The deputy then yells: "Drop the gun!"

"The deputy in question made multiple, basic policing errors and violated established protocols".

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.

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

'I'm just still trying to figure out where he felt the threat at, to feel the need to shoot, ' Yolanda Brown told the station.

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Slowed down body cam footage shows police approaching a group of young people outside of a house before a gun was pulled out. Woods cautioned the shooting is still very new and "we are still gathering information". "They deserve answers.

Brown's brother Tazmon says he spoke to the deputy, who said he wasn't in trouble and had just needed a ride home.

At some point later, 911 was called.

The incident took place outside Brown's family's home in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on early Wednesday morning. Isaiah Brown is heard on the call saying his brother won't let him into his mother's room in the house, and he can't get into his auto.

Despite the sheriff's claim of a "domestic disturbance" call, Tazmon told NBC 4 Washington that he thinks his brother just wanted a ride back to his auto so that it wouldn't be towed. The dispatcher asks what's going on, and Brown replied "I'm about to kill my brother".

"A deputy had given Brown a ride home after his auto broke down at a gas station around 2:30 a.m. Isaiah's brother Tamzon Brown told the news station that the deputy explained the situation, saying that Isaiah asked for a ride and added, "'Your brother is fine. "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". Isaiah began walking away from the house and encountered the deputy.

The deputy arrived shortly after and can be heard yelling at Brown on the 911 audio.

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