Police and Law Enforcement

Police ID North Carolina man shot by officer

Rolonda Byrd, the mother of shooting victim Akiel Denkins, cries during a news conference.

Rolonda Byrd, the mother of shooting victim Akiel Denkins, cries during a news conference.  (AP)

The State Bureau of Investigation has confirmed the identity of a black man who was fatally shot by a police officer on Monday.

The agency said 24-year-old Akiel Denkins, of Raleigh, was killed and that agents have talked to his mother, Rolonda Byrd. She had earlier complained that authorities had not told her that her son had been killed and that they wouldn't let her see his body.

The news release from the State Bureau of Investigation said its report would be delivered to the Wake County District Attorney's office upon its completion. It did not release any other details.

Raleigh police said Monday that Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy opened fire on the suspect when he was serving an arrest warrant. Police say a gun was found near Denkins, but it's not clear if he was armed during the chase.

The head of the North Carolina NAACP is calling on authorities to conduct a fair and transparent investigation into the shooting.

The Rev. William Barber II said at a news conference Tuesday that if someone is running away, that is not a "license to kill."