According to Press TV, officials said the incident happened on Monday after Akiel Denkins, 24, began to run away from a police officer, who later shot the man seven times, killing him.
An officer was chasing and “trying to detain an adult male suspect who was wanted for a felony drug charge,” Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said. “During the course of the pursuit, the suspect was shot and killed by the officer. Initially, it is known that a firearm was located within close proximity to the deceased suspect.”
Police said that Denkins was carrying a weapon at the time of shooting, but his mother Rolanda Byrd asserted that her son was unarmed.
“Everybody seen it. They ain't going down with this one. They ain't gonna get away with this one, there's at least 40 eyewitnesses out here.”
The incident sparked protests with nearly 100 people gathering at the scene and chanting “no justice, no peace” and “black lives matter”.
North Carolina's American Civil Liberties Union also criticized the shooting, condemning police brutality and injustice against people of color in the US.