Family of 19-year-old Denzel Curnell hires attorney

Family of 19-year-old Denzel Curnell hires attorney

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Attorney Andy Savage says his role is to make sure the family is fully informed of any developments in the case as well as bring some calm to a situation high in emotion.

"Transparency is the best way to proceed. There are no secrets. I mean we're going to find out what happened."

The Charleston County Coroner's Office says 19-year-old Denzel Curnell died of a single gunshot wound to the head, not a gunshot wound to the back, as was reported on social media. According to the Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, Curnell was armed.

"There was no information presented to suggest that our officer had fired his weapon or that he was involved in the death of Denzel Curnell, and I am confident the investigation will bear that out."

Savage says he understands that the Charleston Police Department is not the lead investigating agency. However, he believes a little more information would go a long way.

"Just the way it's being rolled out is creating, I think, a lot of unnecessary tension in the neighborhood, and our role right now is try to calm that down, get the facts, inform the family, inform the neighborhood of what is going on."

Early Saturday morning, in an email to the City's council members, the spokesperson for Charleston Police referred to the deadly shooting as a "possible suicide." Savage says they are entertaining all scenarios as the family waits for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to complete its investigation.

"Everything's on the table. We don't know what happened. We don't know whether this was a self-inflicted injury. We don't know can imagine how the family reacted that a statement was made without the underlying facts."