Police shot North Carolina resident Andrew Brown Jr on Wednesday while acting on warrants – as well as two arrest warrants on drug-related charges, including possession with intent to sell cocaine.
Attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr. said that autopsy results showed that North Carolina sheriff’s deputies shot the African-American man, aged 42, in the back of the head as they were serving a warrant last week.
Earlier, they said that Brown Jr’s family had been shown 20 seconds of body-camera video that appeared to show him with his hands on the steering wheel of his car before being shot down. After watching this, Brown’s son exclaimed that the shooting in Elizabeth City had been an execution.
“My dad got executed just by trying to save his own life,” Khalil Ferebee told reporters during a Monday press conference.
The family admitted that Brown did try to drive away, but they pointed out that he had been targeted even before he attempted his escape. Shell casings could be seen flying in the video before his vehicle moved, attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter alleged.
Sheriff Tommy Wooten II weighed in, saying the incident “was quick and over in less than 30 seconds,” adding that “body cameras are shaky and sometimes hard to decipher.”
Last Wednesday, his deputies shot down Andrew Brown, acting upon their drug-related search and arrest warrants. The incident sparked a wave of protests in the area, with Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker declaring a state of emergency in their wake.
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