Who is Isaiah Brown? Unarmed Black man, 32, shot 10 times by Virginia sheriff's deputy who gave him ride home

'I’m just still trying to figure out where he felt the threat at, to feel the need to shoot,' Brown's sister reportedly said


                            Who is Isaiah Brown? Unarmed Black man, 32, shot 10 times by Virginia sheriff's deputy who gave him ride home
Isaiah Brown was unarmed when he was shot ten times (Twitter/Marjorie Gaylor Queen)

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA: In a shocking incident from Spotsylvania County in Virginia, a 32-year-old unarmed Black man was shot 10 times by a Sheriff's deputy, a White police officer. According to NBC 4, the officer started shooting at Isaiah L Brown on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, shortly after giving him a ride home. Brown's siblings believe that their brother was shot at by the deputy 'for no reason'. 

The unnamed deputy shot Isaiah while later responding to a 911 call from his end. The bullets hit his face, neck, cheek and pelvic area, according to The Sun. Brown is currently hospitalized and is expected to survive the horrific shooting. 

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Who is Isaiah Brown?

Brown is a 32-year-old native of Spotsylvania who was shot just outside his home. 

The entire incident started around 2:30 am on April 21 morning when Brown's car broke down at a gas station on Route 34. At that time, the Sheriff's deputy found him stranded and offered him a ride home. After the cop escorted Brown safely to his house, he assured his brother Tazmon Brown that Isaiah was not in any trouble. "He was like, ‘Your brother is fine. He’s not in trouble. His car broke down and I gave him a ride," Tazmon Brown told NBC 4. 

However, it appears that the same officer returned to Brown's house shortly after, responding to his 911 call about a domestic issue. Brown allegedly had a dispute with his brother Tazmon when wanted a lift back to his car before it got towed. He called 911 seeking police intervention in their domestic problem. 

At this time, the same deputy responded to the call, who had earlier given Brown the ride home. He categorized the issue as a domestic disturbance. Around 3:30 am, the deputy reportedly started shooting at Brown after shouting 'Hands Up' at him. 

Why was Isaiah Brown shot?

"I’m just still trying to figure out where he felt the threat at, to feel the need to shoot," his sister Yolanda Brown said. After shooting him, it was the same deputy officer who provided medical assistance and performed CPR on Brown, according to officials. The exact cause of the shooting is yet to be revealed. Mystery persists as the bodycam footage of the incident had not been released. 

"The sheriff's deputy attempted to verbally engage Brown, and it was during this encounter that the deputy discharged his service weapon. Brown was shot, and the deputy immediately rendered medical aid. Brown was transported to Mary Washington Hospital, where he is still being treated for serious, but non-life threatening, injuries," stated Virginia State Police spokesperson Sergeant Brent Coffey. State police said Brown was unarmed when the shooting occurred.

The Spotsylvania Branch of the NAACP says it has arranged for the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office to release the bodycam footage of the deputy-involved shooting that happened on April 21.