Brandon Smith’s sister is speaking out about her brother’s shooting death Sunday. She said law enforcement acted too quickly when they shot and killed Brandon.
“I don’t think it’s right or fair of the measures they took today,” said Georgia Smith. “I mean they didn’t even give him a chance to do anything. All didn’t even give him a chance. He didn’t get to do anything.”
A woman who said she is Brandon Smith’s estranged wife is also upset over the murder of the man she said she loved. Lindsey Smith said she hadn’t spoken to Brandon Smith in years, but disagreed with the way he was killed. She said that she believes Brandon was the victim of racial profiling and murder.
“Just because you’re the law, does not mean you can take the law into your own hands and kill people,” said Smith. “You were supposed to go out and apprehend him for whatever investigation or whatever he was involved in. You wasn’t supposed to go out and gun him down and kill him.”
The twisted trail of violence that began Thursday in Creekwood with a man shooting and wounding a detective and ended Sunday in Wrightsboro with the accused shooter dead took another sharp turn Monday.
The estranged wife of Brandon Devone Smith, the man accused of shooting a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office detective, on Monday accused sheriff’s deputies of murdering her husband.
Smith, 30, was shot dead Sunday in a wooded area off a dead-end street after a car chase involving sheriff’s office detectives and multiple law enforcement officers.
“They shot him down,” Lindsey Smith said. “My husband was murdered and the law is not supposed to take it in their own hands.”
Law enforcement officers were “absolutely justified” in shooting and killing a man – later found to be unarmed – who was suspected of shooting and wounding a New Hanover County sheriff’s detective last month, District Attorney Ben David said Friday.
Brandon Davone Smith, 30, was accused of wounding Detective Michael Spencer on Oct. 10 in the Creekwood public housing development. Spencer is recovering.
Smith was killed Oct. 13 by law enforcement officers after a car chase and a foot pursuit that ended in a wooded area of Wrightsboro. David based his statement on results of an investigation into the shooting death conducted by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant District Attorney Tom Old, who was part of the DA’s “officer shooting review team,” said officers fired on Smith when he reached for and pointed at them a dark object that later was found to be a cell phone. While no gun was found on Smith, a man who had been in a car with him minutes before told police Smith had a dark-colored handgun in the waistband of his pants.
At a Friday morning news conference, Old said three officers – two New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies and an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – fired at Smith when he refused to show his hands as ordered.
Smith was shot and killed by law enforcement around 4 p.m. October 13. Officials say Smith was responsible for shooting a detective a few days prior in the Creekwood community.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
According to Old, a deputy with NHCSO and an officer with WPD were on patrol in Creekwood when they saw a suspicious vehicle with out-of-state plates. They saw it again and pulled it over on Emory Street.
The two people inside the vehicle, one of whom was Smith, ran in two different directions. Officers approached Smith and asked to speak with him, but Smith continued running and ducked behind a trash can.
Without warning, Old said Smith pulled a handgun and fired at the deputy who was standing about 10-15 yards away and then fired at the WPD officer. Smith ran away when the officer returned fire.
According to Old, the WPD officer said with 100% certainty that Smith was the person who shot at the officers.
Law enforcement said they made several attempts to contact Smith and his family members to urge him to turn himself in. Smith, however, made it clear he was not going to and did not want to go back to prison, according to Old, so officers began patrolling Princess Place Drive.
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
Old explained deputies spotted Smith leaving a residence on Princess Place Drive October 13 and reported he got into the passenger seat of a Chevy Impala.
A number of marked and unmarked deputies and officers responded to the report to back up the sergeant who called it in. They followed the car with emergency lights and sirens, but the car didn’t stop. Instead, the vehicle sped up until it reached a dead end.
At that point, officials said Vincent Joyner got out of the car and ran away, while Smith ran into a wooded area. Joyner was arrested, but several law enforcement officers followed after Smith.
A deputy with the Sheriff’s Office knew of a short cut, from a prior incident in the area, and alerted two others to “Go left! Go left! There’s a trail!” The officers followed and ended up in a yard with no cover that bordered the woods. All three officers stopped running and were about 30 feet away from a ditch.
Old said the officers looked around and found Smith, who was lying on the ground. The officers told Smith to “show me your hands” repeatedly. According to Old, Smith sat up but didn’t show his hands.
Officers then pointed their guns at Smith and continued yelling at him to “show me your hands.” Smith started to reach for something in his waistband and officers said it looked like he was trying to pull out an object that appeared to be stuck.
Eventually, Smith was able to unhinge the object and started to point what officers said was a dark object at law enforcement, so all three officers began to fire.
According David, Smith was shot at two dozen times in less than three seconds. Nine bullets hit Smith, three grazed him and 12 missed.
A detective went to handcuff Smith, who was pronounced dead within three minutes. Officials only found a cell phone, a dreadlock wig and $320.
Officials said Friday that Joyner told them Smith had shown a handgun while they were riding in the car together just before the shooting.