Unarmed Black man shot 10 times after Virginia sheriff’s deputy opens fire

A 32-year-old Black man in Virginia has been hospitalized since Wednesday after being shot multiple times by a white sheriff’s deputy who gave him a ride home in the middle of the night.
Isaiah Brown, 32, remains in intensive care with 10 bullet wounds sustained outside his home in Spotsylvania County, according to NBC News4 in Washington, D.C.
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A 32-year-old Black man in Virginia has been hospitalized since Wednesday after being shot multiple times by a white sheriff’s deputy who gave him a ride home in the middle of the night. Isaiah Brown, 32, remains in intensive care with 10 bullet wounds sustained outside his home in Spotsylvania County, according to NBC News4 in Washington, D.C.

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A 32-year-old Black man in Virginia has been hospitalized since Wednesday after being shot multiple times by a white sheriff’s deputy who gave him a ride home in the middle of the night.

Isaiah Brown, 32, remains in intensive care with 10 bullet wounds sustained outside his home in Spotsylvania County, according to NBC News4 in Washington, D.C.

Stunned family members called the shooting inexplicable.

“The officer just started shooting at him for no reason,” said Tazmon Brown, the victim’s brother. “I didn’t hear a warning shot. All I heard was ‘Hands up!’ one time. And all he had was his phone, so I know he put his hands up.”

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State police have confirmed the victim was unarmed.

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s officer, who remains unidentified, gave Brown a ride home about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after the health care aide’s car broke down at a Wawa gas station on Route 3, reports said.

Once the two arrived at the home in the 12200 block of West Catharpin Road, Tazmon Brown said he came outside and had a conversation with the deputy.

“The officer just started shooting at him for no reason. I didn't hear a warning shot. All I heard was ‘Hands up!' one time. And all he had was his phone, so I know he put his hands up."

- Tazmon Brown, the victim’s brother

“He was like, ‘Your brother is fine. He’s not in trouble. His car broke down and I gave him a ride,” he said, according to News4.

The officer then left the home without incident but moments later received an emergency call at the residence for help and circled back.

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The sheriff’s office later reported that Isaiah Brown had placed a 911 call to report a domestic situation between himself and a family member.

A source at the department said Isaiah Brown complained during the 911 call about his brother, but Tazmon Brown said his brother began worrying about his car being towed and simply wanted a ride back to the gas station.

When the deputy returned to the home about 3 a.m. with lights flashing, Isaiah Brown came outside to meet him near the roadway. Within minutes, several shots rang out, and Isaiah Brown was critically wounded all over his body.

“I'm just still trying to figure out where he felt the threat at, to feel the need to shoot."

- Yolanda Brown, the victim’s sister

Relatives said the deputy started shooting for no reason.

“I’m just still trying to figure out where he felt the threat at, to feel the need to shoot,” said Yolanda Brown, the victim’s sister.

After the shooting stopped, the deputy began administering CPR to the victim.

Isaiah Brown later underwent emergency surgery after being hit in the face, neck, chest and pelvic area, reports said.

Police have not revealed exactly what led the officer to pull his gun.

The Brown family said police have not been forthcoming with information and so far have not released body camera footage of the incident.

The department said it could not immediately comment on “any motive or circumstances” related to the shooting, according to News4.

Virginia State Police is continuing to investigate.