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Warrant: Raleigh police threatened day of officer-involved shooting

Posted March 2, 2016
Updated March 3, 2016

— Raleigh police were threatened the day an officer shot and killed a fleeing suspect, according to search warrants made public Wednesday.

Copies of a search warrant obtained by WRAL indicate an email was sent to a Raleigh police officer from an unknown Gmail account Monday. In court papers, police labeled the email as a threat against lives of law enforcement officers, but did not say exactly what the threats were.

The online communication was sent sometime between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. on February 29, the day Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy, shot and killed 24-year-old Akiel Denkins, a drug suspect fleeing arrest, behind a home at 117 S. East St., near the intersection of Bragg and East streets.

The search warrant was made public just hours after Denkins’ body was released to his mother.

Bishop Darnel Dixon visited with Denkins’ family and said his mother is comforted by the outpouring of support from the Bragg Street community.

“She sounded strong,” Dixon said. “There are people who are supporting her in the community, of course, with food and water and what have you.”

Dixon and other pastors with churches in or around Bragg Street met Wednesday morning to discuss ways to make sure tensions don’t boil over in the community during the time of mourning.

“It was a very strategic meeting and making sure that all these churches are properly positioned to minister to the needs of this community,” said Pastor William Cooper III.

A memorial to Denkins was growing near the scene where he was shot and killed by Twiddy, who was trying to serve a warrant. It’s the one place friends and family were finding solace.

“It’s been sad, heartbreaking. He was only 24-years-old. He just turned 24,” said friend Todd Moore.

Wednesday, community leaders were calling on everyone to allow the investigative process to play out peacefully.

“What we are asking is, simply, for the truth,” said Dixon.


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  • Lamario Kelly Mar 3, 2016
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    RPD get the hell out of here with that, not sure what that has to do with it...

  • Jonathan Barnes Mar 3, 2016
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    It seems ridiculous for Raleigh PD to say the email was sent "between noon and 3pm." Emails are not sent in 3 hr time increments, why not just say what time the email was sent/received? This sounds an awful lot like Raleigh PD trying to paint a picture that they were being extra vigilant due to a threat on their officers that day - but they don't want to admit that the shooting happened before the email was received.

  • Steven Cousler Mar 3, 2016
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    I understand due process and a reasonable delay in producing all the evidence, but the DA must realize that the currently publicly known facts point strongly to unjustifiable police homicide - which will incite racial unrest. Why not come clean with all the available evidence as soon as possible? How can a search warrant include a threatening email possibly sent after the shooting? Was the search warrant used to approach the victim? What was the search warrant for? Giving out info piecemeal - only leads to more confusion and distrust.

  • Lori Coble Mar 3, 2016
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    Who said that it was after the shooting? The shooting happened around 1ish; the email was sent sometime between noon & 3

  • Susan Wallace Mar 3, 2016
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    I believe it may be relevant because the threatening email was received after the officer involved shooting.

  • William Teach Mar 3, 2016
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    Is there an actual link between the two? Perhaps WRAL could provide a bit more detail.

  • Fanny Chmelar Mar 3, 2016
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    Please, do elaborate on the laws that support your position.

    Or is this just your own world's view of how things should be. "You run, you die". Sounds like a tagline to "Logan's Run".

  • Nathaniel Hopkins Mar 3, 2016
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    Bottom line is that his life was cut short. He was a solid citizen who started out in life as a disadvantaged individual. He was in the process of turning his life around, he was caught up in all his child support payments to all his hoes, he paid the IRS all the back taxes that he owed, best of all he was starting his own Pharmaceutical company that employed many distributors in the area. This was a great loss to society.

  • Robert Hartley Mar 3, 2016
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    Here's the truth. Stuff happens when you do things that lead to stuff going down.

    Deserve doesn't matter in this world, only consequence affects our lives.

  • Steve Clark Mar 3, 2016
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    Funny, I disagree with you both. Susan and Aaron, you really don't know what happened, but you're correct in ONE aspect'; if he was UNARMED and running away... he didn't deserve to get shot. Shane - same thing to you. While I "Think" you're probably right, that he was a known criminal and fleeing arrest... he was VERY likely armed, considering they found a gun near him. It's very easy to run and shoot blindly behind you.. so for all we know.. the cop was "returning fire"... but.. we DON'T Know.. so everyone, settle down.