Widow Sues Ex-Portsmouth Police Chief, Claiming Husband was Unarmed When Officer Killed Him

The report said Lt. Todd Thursby fired a Taser at Brown as he entered the house and again inside a hallway to no avail. He told investigators Brown then ran into a bedroom, where his wife was sitting, and started fumbling through a dresser.

The report said Thursby wrestled Brown to the ground and tried to stun him again to no effect. It said Brown then knocked the stun gun out of the lieutenant’s hands before a second officer came into the room and tried to help restrain Brown. In the process, however, Brown was able to get Thursby’s stun gun.

A third officer then entered the room and shot Brown with his Taser.

The report said Brown stood up while Thursby and another officer were still on top of him. That’s when the officers saw he had a handgun. None of them knew where he got it.

Two officers told investigators that Brown pointed the gun at his own head. Thursby said Brown pointed the gun at him and another officer.

Thursby fired four rounds into Brown’s torso, the report said. He told investigators the gun was still raised, so he shot Brown one more time in the head.

Octavia Brown was recorded on video and audio repeatedly saying her husband grabbed a gun from the dresser and put it to his head, the report said.

According to a search warrant filed in Circuit Court, police found drugs, baggies, scales and weapons at Brown’s home.

The lawsuit paints a very different picture, saying police unlawfully “profiled” Brown before engaging in an “unprovoked physical attack.”

It said Brown was visiting briefly with a friend in the parking lot when officers approached.

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