What’s next in Raleigh NC police shooting of Daniel Turcios?
Months after a Raleigh police officer fatally shot Daniel Turcios following an accident on Interstate 440, the end of the criminal investigation may be near.
The investigation ends as another begins into the latest police shooting in Raleigh. There have been six shootings by law enforcement in the Triangle this year.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told The News & Observer on Monday that she had received the State Bureau of Investigation’s report into Turcios’ death and hoped to have a decision by the end of May.
Freeman will determine whether criminal charges are warranted in the Jan. 11 death of the 43-year-old El Salvador native.
Five officers responded to the crash that day, and body camera footage released in February depicts a chaotic scene that unfolded within minutes, as officers confronted Turcios before tasing and shooting him above.
Police say Turcios refused to drop a knife he was carrying at the time, but family members say he had limited understanding of English and was confused by the accident , meaning he didn’t understand their commands.
A 911 caller suggested Turcios was drunk at the time of the accident, which Police Chief Estella Patterson later cited at a press conference. But an autopsy report found no alcohol or drugs in his system, The N&O reported.
Two officers were placed on leave, Sgt. WB Tapscott and Officer AA Smith. Tapscott fired a Taser at Turcios as he walked away from officers, while Smith shot Turcios five times after police said he threw a knife at officers.
The N&O asked Raleigh police if their internal investigation is continuing and whether the officers involved remain on administrative leave.
No word on identity of man killed in latest shooting
Raleigh police officers shot and killed a man outside the Raleigh Police Southeast District Police Station on Saturday afternoon. A day later, police did not release the man’s identity or respond to further questions about the case. They said the man’s family had been notified of his death.
The man threw “several” Molotov cocktails at police vehicles in a parking lot near the train station, Chief Estella Patterson said at a press conference on Saturday evening.
Officers fired at the man after throwing “incendiary weapons” near the officers and one approached a police officer, Patterson said.
At least two vehicles were on fire, Patterson said, including an RPD SUV.
All four officers who responded to the incident wore body cameras that were turned on, and police station security cameras also captured footage of the shooting, Patterson said. The Raleigh Police Department will ask the court to release the video footage.
The six shootings by law enforcement this year, which covered four law enforcement agencies in Raleigh and Durham counties, all prompted SBI investigations, as is customary when police shoot someone.
Two Durham police officers involved, a Durham sheriff’s deputy and a Duke University police officer, The N&O reported.
In each case, the police department said they would conduct separate internal investigations to determine whether officers violated department policies during the shooting.
The agents have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigations.