By Adam Wagner
An attorney representing Brandon Smith's family is calling for a US Department of Justice investigation into the circumstances surrounding Smith's death, according to a letter sent July 10.
Smith was shot and killed Oct. 13 after a car chase and foot pursuit. That came three days after officials said he shot New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Detective Michael Spencer in the leg following an exchange in the Creekwood neighborhood.
The letter from attorney Katy Parker raises questions about why officers who worked closely with Spencer were involved in the pursuit rather than others with fewer ties to the case, where the gun that Smith supposedly had is, the use or lack thereof of police dogs and the SABLE helicopter during the pursuit of Smith, what officers said to Smith before opening fire and why law enforcement hasn't yet released information to Parker including text messages, voice messages and emails between officers during the period between Oct. 10 and Oct. 13.