Family asks feds to probe death of man accused of shooting Wilmington detective

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Submitted: Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:49am
Updated: Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:26am

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.

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20 Comments on "Family asks feds to probe death of man accused of shooting Wilmington detective"

2015 years 8 months ago

Shot him 27 times & u say they didn’t want that?!

2015 years 8 months ago

Had Mr. Smith given up peacefully, he’d have been sentenced to life in prison. And had his attempt at murdering Detective Spencer been successful, he’d have received the death penalty. So I don’t know what the family is complaining about; either way Mr. Smith is off the streets forever. How anyone on the planet could have sympathy for such scum of the earth is beyond me. I feel bad for the family who lost someone that they unconditionally loved, but Detective Spencer has family that loves him unconditionally, and its a better outcome for everyone that he gets to live and the person who tried to murder him doesn’t. Detective Spencer took a bullet for all the innocent people who live in fear of thugs like Mr. Smith. When you attempt to murder a Detective who’s trying to protect the innocent people so you can continue terrorizing the community, its time to pay the piper.

john gotti
2015 years 8 months ago

Looks like the cops in Ferguson, MO took lessons from these guys…..

waste of time
2015 years 8 months ago

This is just a lawyer trying to find something to sue for. I think she should have to pay all expenses for this waste of time.

Rusty Sprocket
2015 years 8 months ago

It’s no wonder that the family of someone that contributed absolutely nothing positive to society, spit in face of law and order, and went so far as to shoot a police officer is going for a money grab. Where do you think Brandon Smith learned his lack of values from? Let me answer that one…his family. As for why the police didn’t use different officers in their pursuit of Mr. Smith, didn’t use K9’s, or the SABLE helicopter…that question can only be answered by one man, and one man alone. A man whose vast intellect is only eclipsed by his mouth. A man that can tell you the facts and place judgement without one shred of evidence or investigation…Jason Vaughn. I’ll be sitting in front of my television, waiting for him to provide all the answers so that I can sleep better at night.