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Lawyers: Pathologist Says Andrew Brown Jr. Shot 5 Times by Deputies

Elizabeth City North Carolina. Superior Court Judge Jeff Foster is holding a hearing in the courthouse to decide if the body camera footage wil Judge 30 Day Hold on Release of Bodycam Footage of Andrew Brown Shooting 5 Joe Raedle Getty ImagesAWR Hawkins28 Apr 2021
Deanna Wagner | 30 April, 2021, 04:51

42-year-old Andrew Brown Jr. was fatally shot by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies while they were attempting to serve a warrant at Brown's home on Wednesday, April 21, while Brown was sitting in the driver's seat of his vehicle in his driveway.

But the governor, a Democrat, urged the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle the state's case. "More investigation is necessary into the three deputies who did fire their weapons and they will remain on administrative leave", he said.

Preliminary results of the autopsy, which was commissioned by the family, found Brown had five penetrating bullet wounds: four, which were to his right arm, were considered "glancing" and not fatal; the fifth, to the back of the head, was lethal. That fatal shot entered his skull near the base of his neck and lodged in his brain. "That was the cause of death".

Shortly after the news conference, the FBI's Charlotte Field Office announced that it has opened a federal civil rights investigation, saying in a statement it would work with federal prosecutors in the US Department of Justice to "determine whether federal laws were violated".

Brown was shot Wednesday by deputies serving drug-related search and arrest warrants in the eastern North Carolina town of Elizabeth City. Aaron Lewellyn are the deputies on leave, the sheriff said. "Hands up! Don't shoot!" the protesters chanted, according to the News & Observer.

The decision came shortly after a North Carolina prosecutor said that Brown had hit law enforcement officers with his auto before they opened fire last week.

Christian said the man never pointed his weapon and pulled away after police confronted him.

"We want them to tell us who the officers are who shot this man".

Crump welcomed the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry, saying in a statement that footage of the shooting seen by family members shows Brown was "brought down by an inflamed, modern-day lynch mob".

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"In January, an infant from the Interior Health Authority was being treated at BC Children's Hospital and died", she said. Several hundred unexpected death investigations have been carried out, but only a few have been related to COVID-19.

Officials on Tuesday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Elizabeth City, which has roughly 18 000 residents, half of whom are black.

Ben Crump, a lawyer for the family of Andrew Brown Jr., points to an image from an autopsy that his team released on Tuesday. Another family lawyer, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, who viewed the video, said Monday that officers opened fire on Brown while he had his hands on the steering wheel of a vehicle.

A 2016 state law generally bars police video from being shown to anyone other than people who are seen or heard in the footage, or to a family member, attorney or other personal representative of such an individual.

Mr Cox did not respond to a request for comment.

The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not released a report of its autopsy on Brown's body. At Wednesday's hearing, Andrew Womble, the district attorney for Pasquotank described what was captured in the footage. She said he did not try to back away until after deputies ran up to his vehicle and began shooting, and he did not pose a threat to deputies, explaining: "He finally decides to try to get away and he backs out, not toward officers at all".

The Brown family's lawyers have denounced his killing as an "execution", and have accused authorities of withholding video evidence from the public.

Though he delayed the release of the footage at this time, Foster approved disclosure of the videos to Brown's adult son, Khalil Ferebee, other immediate family members and one licensed attorney in North Carolina within 10 days.

Calling the family attorney's description "patently false", Womble said the video shows that Brown's auto made contact with law enforcement twice before shots could be heard on the video.