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Family questions why deputy shot unarmed Black man 10 times

Brother: 'All he had was his phone, so I know he put his hands up'
Isaiah Brown Shooting
Posted at 12:52 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-24 10:14:29-04

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- The family of a Black man shot by a Virginia sheriff’s deputy this week says he’s in intensive care with 10 bullet wounds, and they have no idea why.

Relatives of Isaiah Brown spoke with Washington TV station WRC about the shooting outside Brown’s home early Wednesday morning.

Brown was unarmed, they said, and they haven’t been given a reason why the deputy opened fire.

"The officer just started shooting at him for no reason. I didn’t hear a warning shot. All I heard was ‘Hands up!’ one time," Isaiah Brown’s brother, Tazmon Brown, told WRC. "And all he had was his phone, so I know he put his hands up."

The encounter was recorded by the deputy’s body camera, but state police said they won’t release it pending an investigation.

The ACLU of Virginia has demanded that any footage of the incident be made public immediately.