David Turbyfill, a Virginia sheriff’s deputy, was indicted on Thursday (July 15) by a grand jury on a felony charge of reckless handling of a firearm after the April shooting of Isiah Brown. According to Brown’s lawyer, Turbyfill shot him eight times outside his home in Spotsylvania County.
According to officials, a reckless handling of a firearm charge is usually a misdemeanor. However, because of Brown’s significant injuries, Turbyfill has been charged with a felony. He remains on administrative leave from the sheriff’s department.
“Isiah Brown and his family are pleased that Spotsylvania County Deputy David Turbyfill has been indicted on a felony charge by a special grand jury in the April 21 shooting of Mr. Brown,” Brown’s attorney David Haynes said in a statement after the indictment.
“The shooting resulted in significant injuries to Mr. Brown which will undoubtedly impact him for the rest of his life,” he added.
As reported by REVOLT, Turbyfill gave Brown, a 32-year-old Black man, a ride home on the night of the shooting because his car broke down. Shortly after dropping him off at home, the deputy, who is white, was called back to the scene after Brown called 911 reporting a dispute with his brother.
During the call, Brown told the dispatcher, “I’m about to kill my brother” but said he was unarmed.