RALEIGH, N.C. — A police officer fatally shot a man whom he was trying to arrest on drug charges Monday, the Raleigh police chief said.
The officer was chasing the man on foot and shot him at some point during the early-afternoon pursuit, Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown told a news conference at City Hall. She said a firearm was found near the man’s body, but did not say whether it was his. She said the man was wanted on a felony drug charge. Deck-Brown declined to provide any other details about the circumstances of the shooting pending a customary investigation by the state Bureau of Investigation.
Earlier, local television coverage showed police forming a line in the street near the downtown neighborhood where the shooting took place as a number of people gathered at the scene behind yellow crime-scene tape and began chanting “No justice, no peace!”
The chant has been used repeatedly across the nation in recent years to protest the deaths of black men following encounters with law enforcement officers. Deck-Brown did not reveal the man’s race.
Judith Lewis, a woman who described herself as a community activist who has lived in the area for years, said a lot of drug activity takes place in the neighborhood at night. She blamed it on buyers coming in from elsewhere.
“It’s an open-air market,” she said.
Deck-Brown said the Raleigh Police Department’s Internal Affairs unit will investigate whether any departmental policies were violated. She said she will send a report to the city manager within five working days.