Raleigh’s mayor calls for calm in wake of officer-involved shooting

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane called for calm Tuesday in the wake of an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead.

“Yesterday lives were changed and we stand here, both present and past elected leaders of the community, to ask for calm, prayer and patience. Any loss of life, regardless of circumstance, is heartbreaking and we offer our sincere condolences to all of those involved. We understand the need and desire of the community for information to be able to make sense of yesterday’s events. We are committed to ensuring information is shared as it becomes available. Please join us in calm, prayer and patience and please keep all of those involved in this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers,” said McFarlane.

McFarlane’s statement came after the North Carolina NAACP called for a transparent investigation of the death of 24-year-old Akiel Denkins. Denkins was shot in southeast Raleigh close to Bragg Street and S. East Street around noon Monday when an officer tried to serve a warrant on a felony drug charge.

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