Raleigh, N.C.

A North Carolina police officer shot and killed a man he was trying to arrest on drug charges on Monday sparking protests from the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The Raleigh Police Department did not release race of the officer or suspect.

Rolanda Byrd, a black woman claiming to be the mom of the suspect said her son, Akiel Denkins was shot and killed by the white officers. Byrd claimed that her son was unarmed and was only shot at because he was running from the officer. Police have said that a gun was found near the suspect’s body.

Police identified the officer as 29-year-old D.C. Twiddy. He has been put on administrative duty per department policy while the agency investigates the officer shooting. A report on the incident will be completed and given to the City Council within the next six business days.

According to the police, the Twiddy was trying to arrest the Denkins on a drug offense. Denkins was wanted on felony drug charges

Twiddy chased Denkins on foot before shooting, Denkins in front of a convenience store at around 12:00 p.m. Witnesses say that the officer shot Denkins around six times

A short time after the shooting, crowds gathered at the scene. The protesters began chanting, “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace”.

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