Virginia Deputy Mistakes Phone For Gun, Shoots Isaiah Brown Six Times


Isaiah Brown is currently "fighting for his life" in a Virginia hospital after he was shot six times by a Virginia Deputy in Spotsylvania County.

The incident reportedly took place on April 19 in northern Virginia. Brown's car broke down on the side of the road and an unidentified officer offered to drive him home at approximately 2:30 a.m.

After arriving at the house, Brown called 911 because he claims his brother prevented him from retrieving his car keys and other belongings from his mother's room. Knowing that Brown's car had broken down, the officer questioned why he needed his car keys.

"Your car is broken down, so why do you need your keys?" the dispatcher asked.

During the conversation, the dispatcher asked a few customary questions in order to pass along information to the responding officer. At one point, she asks him whether or not he has a weapon.

"Do you have any weapons on you?" the dispatcher asks.

"No," Brown replies.

Eventually, the dispatcher classified the call as a domestic disturbance and sent the same officer that had driven him home to handle the matter. When the officer arrived, Brown was holding a cordless phone that the officer mistook for a gun. According to audio recordings, the officer said that Brown was holding a "gun" to his head before demanding that he drop the "gun."

***The video below contains audio that many may find violent or disturbing***

"Drop the gun...Drop the gun, now," he shouts.

The officer fires his gun six times and then administers first-aid. Shortly thereafter, Brown was transported to a nearby hospital where he is now "fighting for his life."

"Isaiah was on the phone with 911 at the time of the shooting and the officer mistook a cordless house phone for a gun," Ryan Julison, a spokesperson for Brown and the Cochran Law Firm in Los Angeles, stated.

"There is no indication that Isaiah did anything other than comply with dispatch’s orders and raised his hands with the phone in his hand as instructed."

The officer responsible for the shooting has been placed on administrative leave while state prosecutors investigate the matter. Local officials have not yet released the name of the officer involved in the matter.

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