Police officer fatally shoots man in North Carolina

MIAMI: A police officer in Raleigh, North Carolina fatally shot a man wanted on a drug charge on Monday, prompting protests amid accusations that the victim was shot in the back.

The officer was chasing the suspect — wanted for a felony drug charge — on foot, Raleigh police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown told reporters. “During the course of the pursuit, the suspect was shot and killed by the officer,” she said.

“Initially, it is known that a firearm was located within close proximity to the deceased suspect,” she added without elaborating. Deck-Brown asked for patience while the authorities investigate the incident.

Police did not identify the officer or the suspect. However, local media reported a woman at the scene as saying a cousin had told her a police officer had shot and killed her 24-year-old son.

Rolanda Byrd said her son, Akiel Denkins, was unarmed and had been shot in the back, the paper reported.