Lawyer for unarmed black man shot by Virginia cop says his condition is 'touch and go' as he remains on a ventilator after surgery to remove two bullets

 An unarmed black man who was shot last week by a Virginia cop underwent multiple surgeries to remove two bullets, but there are eight bullets or bullet fragments still inside him, his lawyer said. 

Isaiah Brown, 32, is still in 'very critical condition' and is on a ventilator, according to the family's lawyer David Haynes. 

'His condition is touch and go,' Haynes said Monday outside the Spotsylvania County Courthouse, which is about six miles from where Brown was shot last Wednesday. 

Brown was walking outside his home while talking on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when a Spotsylvania County deputy seemingly mistook Brown's cordless phone for a gun, according to the lawyer.

The 911 recording and responding officer's body camera footage were released over the weekend. 


Isaiah Brown, 32, was shot multiple times by a Virginia cop last Wednesday. He's still in critical condition and on a ventilator, according to his lawyer

Isaiah Brown, 32, was shot multiple times by a Virginia cop last Wednesday. He's still in critical condition and on a ventilator, according to his lawyer

Two bullets were removed from Brown, but eight bullet or bullet fragments are still inside him, according to Brown's lawyer

Two bullets were removed from Brown, but eight bullet or bullet fragments are still inside him, according to Brown's lawyer


The responding officer gave Brown a ride home less than an hour earlier after Brown's car broke down several miles away on Route 3 around 2:30am, told Brown's brother that he wasn't in any trouble and left. 

He responded to Brown's 911 call about an hour later.

While Brown indicated at one point in his conversation with the 911 dispatcher that he had a gun, Haynes said Brown made it clear more than 90 seconds before the deputies arrived that he was unarmed.

It's unknown if the officer was aware of what Brown said during the 911 call.  

'This was clearly a failure of communication between the dispatch and the officers that arrived on scene,' Haynes said.

Haynes also called on Spotsylvania County Sheriff Roger Harris to stop commenting about Brown's health, saying Harris had provided information that was 'inaccurate' and 'misleading.'

'The sheriff has reported at various times that he was only shot once, or a few times. He´s also reported that he was in a non-life-threatening condition. This is not true,' Haynes said.

The deputy is on administrative leave, according to Harris.

Spotsylvania County Sheriff Roger Harris
David Haynes, lawyer representing Isaiah Brown and his family

David Haynes (right), Brown's family lawyer, called on Spotsylvania County Sheriff Roger Harris (left) to stop commenting about Brown's health, saying Harris had provided information that was 'inaccurate' and 'misleading.' 

Brown's family stood behind Haynes, a lawyer representing Isaiah, during Monday's press conference outside the Spotsylvania County, Virginia courthouse

Brown's family stood behind Haynes, a lawyer representing Isaiah, during Monday's press conference outside the Spotsylvania County, Virginia courthouse

The body camera video shows the deputy arriving at the scene blanketed by the night sky around 3:18am Wednesday morning and yelling at Brown to show his hands. 

The deputy ordered Brown to 'drop the gun' multiple times and appears to say over his radio, 'He´s got a gun to his head.' 

At the time, Brown was walking down the street outside of his home talking on the phone to a 911 operator. 

The deputy then yelled, 'Stop walking towards me, stop walking towards me,' and, 'Stop, stop!' before opening fire.

Haynes said the deputies failed to properly light the situation, did not wait for backup and overreacted, likely because of a communication breakdown between dispatch and the officer.

Brown was in the roadway after he was shot by police multiple times

Brown was in the roadway after he was shot by police multiple times

Spotsylvania County Sheriff's office released body camera footage and a recording of the 911 call late Saturday after public outrage over the shooting

Brown's shooting sparked outrage from the community and many protested in Fredericksburg Friday evening

Brown's shooting sparked outrage from the community and many protested in Fredericksburg Friday evening

Brown's sister, Yolanda Brown, said her brother worked as a health aide, loved children and was 'the life of the party.'

'Anybody know that if you call on Isaiah, he will be there,' she said.

In brief remarks, his mother, Jennifer Brown, said, 'My concern at this point is just for my son to hopefully come home alive.'

Lawyer for unarmed black man shot by Virginia cop says his condition is 'touch and go' as he remains on a ventilator after surgery to remove two bullets Lawyer for unarmed black man shot by Virginia cop says his condition is 'touch and go' as he remains on a ventilator after surgery to remove two bullets Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 04:37 Rating: 5

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