SBI agents asked a judge to let them retrieve data from a cell phone carried by Akiel Denkins, whom a Raleigh police officer shot and killed Feb. 29 after a foot chase in Southeast Raleigh.
Something on the phone might tell them why Denkins was in the 500 block of Bragg Street that morning, if he was armed and whether a black Smith & Wesson handgun found near his body was his, Special Agent P.A. Stevens wrote in asking for a search warrant March 16.
Officer D.C. Twiddy shot Denkins fatally in the backyard of 1117 S. East St., police have said.
Twiddy told investigators that Denkins was taking a black Smith & Wesson out of his pants waistband while they struggled. He had chased Denkins because he knew there was an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest, police have said.
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Area residents have expressed skepticism about the police account of events.
Denkins had the Samsung phone on his body when SBI agents searched the shooting scene, the warrant application stated.
The SBI has handled the investigation because a police officer was involved.
Stevens had asked to get almost all user data that might have been on the phone, including contacts, emails, web pages, calls and voice mail, user names, passwords, and audio and video files.
The search warrant was returned to the court clerk’s office Wednesday after Stevens was done with the phone and had the data. It does not disclose what kinds of information he found.