North Carolina Cop Who Fatally Shot Drug Suspect ID'd

Police have released the identity of a North Carolina police officer who shot and killed a drug suspect during a foot chase Monday, NBC News reported.

Raleigh officer D.C. Twiddy, 29, who has been with the city's police department for six years, was placed on administrative duty as the state investigates the deadly shooting, police said.

Twiddy had been pursuing a man wanted on a felony drug charge on Monday afternoon when he fired at the suspect and killed him, police said in a statement. A gun was found "in close proximity" to the suspect, Chief of Police Cassandra Deck-Brown said Monday.

The deceased has not yet been identified by authorities — but a Raleigh woman, Rolanda Byrd, told NBC News that she believes it was her 24-year-old son, Akiel Denkins.

Byrd said on Tuesday morning that police had not notified her that her son was dead, but witnesses told her it was Denkins who was shot while running from the officer.

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