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VIDEO: Deputy Shot Isaiah Brown After Mistaking Cordless Phone For Gun

Spotsylvania County, VA – The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office released video of the deputy-involved shooting of 32-year-old Isaiah Brown on Wednesday but Brown’s family wasn’t satisfied and has demanded the full audio of his conversation with 911 be released (video below).

Virginia State Police said Brown’s car broke down at the Wawa convenience store on Route 3 at about 2:30 a.m. on April 21, WRC reported.

A Spotsylvania County sheriff’s deputy gave Brown a ride home to the 12200-block of West Catharpin Road.

Brown’s brother, Tazmon Brown, told WRC that he spoke with the deputy when his brother was dropped off.

“He was like, ‘Your brother is fine. He’s not in trouble. His car broke down and I gave him a ride,” Tazmon Brown said.

But a short while later, Brown called 911 and asked for law enforcement to respond to his home.

Sources told WRC that Brown complained to the 911 operator about a problem with his brother, WRC reported.

The sheriff’s department categorized the call as a domestic incident.

It sounded on the call like Brown was asking his brother for a gun, WRC reported.

Then he told the 911 dispatcher “I’m about to kill my brother.”

“Don’t kill your brother,” the dispatcher replied.

“Alright,” Brown said.

“Why would you say something like that?” the dispatcher asked.

“Somebody needs to come here real quick,” Brown told the 911 operator.

Brown then told the 911 operator he didn’t have a gun on him.

The same Spotsylvania County sheriff’s deputy who gave Brown a ride home a little while earlier responded to the scene, WRC reported.

Bodycam video showed the deputy returning to the address on Catharpin road with lights and sirens running.

“Show me your hands, show me your hands!” the deputy shouted at Brown as soon as he got out of his vehicle.

The bodycam video did not show what Brown was doing in response to the deputy’s commands because it was aimed toward the ground, but it recorded throughout the incident.

“Show me your hands, now,” the deputy yelled again the video. “Show me your hands. Drop the gun.”

Then he advised the dispatcher “He’s got a gun to his head.”

“Drop the gun now,” the deputy yelled again in the video. “Stop walking towards me. Stop walking towards me. Stop. Stop.”

It turned out that the black object in Brown’s hand was a cordless land-line telephone from inside the house and he was using it to talk to the 911 dispatcher when he was shot, WRC reported.

“The sheriff’s deputy attempted to verbally engage Brown and it was during this encounter that the deputy discharged his service weapon,” the Virginia State Police, who are handling the investigation of the deputy-involved shooting, said in a statement.

Brown was transported to Mary Washington Hospital where he remained in treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the state police.
David Haynes, an attorney for Brown’s family, said he remained in “touch and go” condition and challenged the sheriff’s assertions that his wounds were anything less than life-threatening, WTKR reported.

Officials haven’t said whether the deputy knew that Brown was carrying a phone, WRC reported.

The family is calling for the full, unedited audio of Brown’s conversation with the dispatcher that was happening as the deputy arrived, WTKR reported.

The Fredericksburg Commonwealth’s Attorney has been assigned special prosecutor to investigate the deputy-involved shooting, according to a press release by the Virginia State Police, WRIC tweeted.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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