CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley issued a statement Monday afternoon about the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on Friday night.
Denzel "Jaba" Curnell died of a single gunshot wound to the head. A police officer on the scene immediately called the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate the situation, an action Police Chief Greg Mullen calls the right decision, but one that has also led to rumors and speculation about the incident.
Riley's statement reads:
Chief Mullen held a press conference Monday afternoon just before the release of Riley's statement to address some of the rumors his department has heard from members of the community. He repeated an earlier statement from Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten confirming that Curnell died of a single gunshot wound to the head, not to the back as some have speculated. Mullen also said there is no evidence that the police officer on the scene fired his weapon, but added that Curnell was armed at the time of the incident.