Andrew Brown Jr. was killed by a gunshot from behind, according to an autopsy, after the District Attorney called the killing “justified.”
According to the North Carolina state medical examiner, Andrew Brown Jr. was murdered by a gunshot to the back of the head.
The postmortem findings come less than a month after Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble claimed the three sheriff’s deputies who shot Brown while attempting to serve an arrest warrant were “justified.”
The district attorney stated, “The actions were consistent with the training and entirely justified under the law in preserving their lives and this community.” The deputies were not charged with anything.
The cause of death was determined to be homicide by the state medical examiner. Brown was also wounded in the right arm, with lacerations and various wounds to his thigh and upper back, according to the report. He had a trace amount of methamphetamine in his system, but examiners determined it “likely did not play a role” in his death.
Brown died as a consequence of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the findings of an independent autopsy sought by his family and disclosed days after his death.
Brown, a 42-year-old Black man, was shot and murdered at his house on April 21 when cops were carrying out search and arrest orders. Brown was being detained on felony narcotics charges, according to authorities.
According to Womble, Brown was attempting to drive away from the policemen when they began firing. When asked if the policemen should have let Brown leave and apprehended him later instead of deploying their rifles, the district attorney claimed they “just couldn’t let him go.”
A total of 14 shots were fired by the three deputies.
“While unfortunate, Mr. Brown’s murder was justifiable because Mr. Brown’s actions led three Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office deputies to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to defend themselves and others,” Womble stated at a news conference on May 18.
Members of Brown’s family and their lawyers have called the police shooting an “execution.”
In response to the state’s autopsy report, attorneys for the family said in a statement Thursday that it shows “what we’ve always known to be true: Pasquotank County deputies executed Andrew Brown Jr. with a kill shot to the back of the head.”
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