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Family attorney for unarmed man shot by deputy during domestic call says 'failure of communication' led to shooting

April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The family attorney for an unarmed man shot and wounded by a Virginia sheriff's deputy said the shooting occurred because of a "failure of communication" between 911 dispatchers and deputies on the scene.

Isaiah Brown, 32, was shot by a Spotsylvania County Sheriff's deputy while Brown was on the phone with 911 dispatch, David Haynes, the Brown family attorney, said in a news conference in Spotsylvania Courthouse on Monday morning.

Haynes said the deputy opened fire after mistaking Brown's cordless phone for a gun.

Brown had "communicated very clearly to dispatch that he had no weapon and there's no reason that the deputy should not have been informed of that," Haynes said.

About an hour earlier, the same deputy gave Brown a ride after his vehicle broke down, Haynes said.

Around 50 minutes later, Brown called dispatch and deputies were sent back to his house due to him "having a difficult situation, mental stress," Haynes said, adding that the situation was not violent.

Speaking Monday, Haynes said that Brown's brother was inside the residence at the time of the shooting, did not witness the shooting and is cooperating with Virginia State Police.

Haynes said Monday that the Brown family requested the Spotsylvania County sheriff stop releasing information on Brown's condition to the public, saying it was "inaccurate" information and not authorized by the family.

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