The Wake County district attorney said Saturday that a bullet hole found in the area where Akiel Denkins was shot to death by a Raleigh police officer does not appear to be related to the Feb. 29 incident.
The State Bureau of Investigation sent investigators back to East Street on Friday after attorneys for Denkins’ family announced that their independent investigation had turned up evidence of what appeared to be a bullet hole not mentioned in the initial police report.
“After examination, investigators concluded the evidence tended to show the hole was not related to this incident,” Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said in a statement released Saturday. “Complete documentation of this analysis including photographs and interviews with the residents of the home will be included and forwarded to our office as part of the full investigation.”
Scott Holmes, a Durham lawyer helping Rolanda Byrd, Denkins’ mother, has offered details from the independent investigation as the SBI gets close to wrapping up its case.
A week ago the attorneys said that Denkins had suffered one gunshot wound on the back side of his upper right shoulder.
Wake County officials have said only that Denkins suffered four gunshot wounds in the Feb. 29 encounter shortly after noon — one to the chest that injured his lungs and heart, another to his left arm, one to his upper right arm and another to his right shoulder area.
The medical examiner’s office has not completed its autopsy and has stopped short of releasing a complete picture of where those wounds are or how severe each was.
Raleigh officer D.C. Twiddy shot and killed Denkins while trying to arrest him on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a felony drug charge.
Twiddy, a 29-year-old senior officer who has been with the Raleigh police force since November 2009, has been on administrative duty since Denkins’ death.
Twiddy’s account of what happened between two houses on East Street after a foot chase seen by residents in the Southeast Raleigh neighborhood was outlined in a preliminary report released by Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown.
Twiddy maintains that he shot Denkins after a struggle between the men. Twiddy said he fired his gun after seeing Denkins reach for a gun in the waistband of his pants. Police reported finding a stolen gun at the scene. In the police chief’s account, Twiddy also reported that he thought he felt Denkins reach for his service revolver.
Though investigators have not turned up any video of the incident, Freeman and others have said they welcome information.
“As with this reported potential evidence, we will continue to review any leads provided to us in an effort to reach a complete and truthful understanding of what happened in leading to the tragic death of Mr. Denkins,” Freeman said in her statement on Saturday. “We appreciate the public’s continued patience as we work through this process.”