D.C. Twiddy ID'd as North Carolina, cop who fatally shot drug suspect

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Police have released the identity of a North Carolina police officer who shot and killed a drug suspect during a foot chase Monday.

Raleigh officer D.C. Twiddy, 29, who has been with the city's police department for six years, was placed on administrative duty as the state investigates the deadly shooting, police said.

Twiddy had been pursuing a man wanted on a felony drug charge on Monday afternoon when he fired at the suspect and killed him, police said in a statement. A gun was found "in close proximity" to the suspect, Chief of Police Cassandra Deck-Brown said Monday.

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D.C. Twiddy ID'd as North Carolina, cop who fatally shot drug suspect
Rolonda Byrd, who says she is the mother of shooting victim Akiel Denkins, cries during a news conference near the scene of the shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally shot a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A bystander is silhouetted against tire smoke near the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The Rev. William Barber II, right, head of the North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaks during a news conference as Rolonda Byrd, left, who says she is the mother of shooting victim Akiel Denkins, listens near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally killed a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A makeshift memorial sits near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally killed a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
People gather around candles and flowers placed at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally killed a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A person stands by candles and flowers placed at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally killed a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
People gather for a news conference near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally shot a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
People gather at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally killed a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
People gather by a makeshift memorial near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally killed a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
People gather at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally killed a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather for a vigil near the scene a shooting on Bragg Street in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A person holds a candle as bystanders gather for a vigil near the scene a shooting on Bragg Street in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather for a vigil near the scene a shooting on Bragg Street in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Candles illuminate the scene during a vigil near where a fatal shooting took place in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A man sits at the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather for a vigil near the scene a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Destiny Brown, left, and Bonnie King light candles during a vigil near the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders light candles during a vigil near the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A man kneels at the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather for a vigil near the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The Rev. William Barber II, center, head of the North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaks during a news conference near the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally killed a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Rolonda Byrd, who says she is the mother of shooting victim Akiel Denkins, cries during a news conference near the scene of the shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer fatally shot a man Monday while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Two men embrace near the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A woman yells at police near the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather near the scene a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A bystander peers through a fence near the scene a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather near the scene a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather near the scene a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather near the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Police gather near the scene of a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Raleigh Police work the scene after a fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders gather near the scene a fatal shooting on Bragg Street in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Bystanders comfort each other near the scene fatal shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Authorities say that a police officer shot and killed a man while trying to make an arrest for a felony drug charge. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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The deceased has not yet been identified by authorities — but a Raleigh woman, Rolanda Byrd, told NBC News that she believes it was her 24-year-old son, Akiel Denkins.

Byrd said on Tuesday morning that police had not notified her that her son was dead, but witnesses told her it was Denkins who was shot while running from the officer.

"Nobody from the police department has told me that it was actually my son that was killed, even at this point in the morning," Byrd said. "I'm hoping it's not. I'm praying it's not."

Byrd said that if her son was shot, she doesn't believe the officer had a reason. She said her son would have fled because he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court. She said the neighborhood, south of downtown Raleigh, was a "drug-populated area," but she said her son didn't own a gun and witnesses told her they didn't see him with one during the foot chase.

"Nobody saw him with a gun," Byrd said. "They are saying that a gun was found nearby. Who knows where that gun came from?"

She said her son was a goodhearted father of two young boys who worked for a moving company.

"Everybody loved him, and he was just trying to make a life for himself," she said.

"A warrant or an arrest record is not a license to kill," the Rev. William Barber, an NAACP board member, said at a news conference with Byrd on Tuesday.

"We are aware of the historical tension that exists between the African American community and the police. This tension is present in most cities and Raleigh is no exception to that history," Barber said.

He urged authorities to allow Byrd to identify her son's body "to bring closure to that part of this tragic experience," he said.

"We understand the need for information. We are committed to ensuring that information is shared as it becomes available," Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said on Tuesday. In a statement, she asked for "calm, prayer and patience."

After the shooting Monday, people gathered at a makeshift memorial near the scene of the shooting. They yelled and chanted, and one person held a banner that read: "F--- the police." The gathering, overall, was peaceful.

"You can see from the people of the community that he was loved, he was cared for, he didn't hurt anybody," Byrd said. "And I appreciate everybody being out here to stand with me against this tragedy."

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