The capturing occurred Wednesday morning in a working-class neighborhood of Elizabeth City within the northeastern nook of the state.
The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office stated Thursday in a video assertion that its particular operations and tactical workforce was trying to serve an arrest warrant on Andrew Brown Jr. when the capturing occurred.
“Our deputies attempted to serve the arrest warrant. They fired the shots. They’ve been put on administrative leave until we know all the facts,” Sheriff Tommy Wooten stated.
Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg stated the arrest warrant was for felony drug fees and Brown had a historical past of resisting arrest. CNN couldn’t instantly confirm any earlier resisting arrest fees towards Brown.
Deputies from one other company assisted in serving the warrant, Fogg stated.
Neighbors instructed CNN that deputies opened fireplace on the car that Brown was driving, although it was unclear if the deputies began to fireplace earlier than or after the automotive was in movement.
Demetria Williams stated Brown was driving, inflicting mud to splatter on the facet of a house. A second neighbor, who spoke on situation of anonymity, gave the identical account. The mud on the house and a deep tire mark had been nonetheless seen on Thursday when CNN visited.
“By the time I got here, they was standing behind his car he was trying to get away,” stated Williams, who lives simply down the highway. Williams confirmed CNN the place the automotive was located and stated the tires had been spinning mud in the course of the incident.
“And they stood behind him,” stated Williams. “I couldn’t tell you what, who shot him. I couldn’t do that. But one of the officers or maybe a couple shot him.”
“It is a horrible thing to witness ” one other neighbor who spoke on situation of anonymity instructed CNN. She stated she heard gunshots, describing it as “rapid fire.”
Both Williams and the witness who requested for anonymity stated the car, after driving via an open lot, crossed one other road, struck a tree and got here to relaxation. Two neighbors inform CNN that deputies pulled Brown out and tried lifesaving medical intervention.
A person who lives at the house the place the car got here to relaxation stated authorities had recovered a bullet from his house. The entry level simply to the suitable of his entrance door was nonetheless seen.
Fogg stated at problem is whether or not the deputies had motive to imagine Brown’s actions put them at threat of significant harm or demise.
Wooten stated, “If evidence shows that any of my deputies violated the law or policies they will be held accountable.”
Thursday introduced a second day of protests. A number of hundred folks had been marching via the streets of the town, passing the sheriff’s workplace and the positioning of the capturing earlier than heading towards a enterprise space.
“We understand the need for transparency and will release what information we can when we’re able to release it,” SBI officers stated.
While authorities haven’t given info on what led as much as the incident, and particularly, whether or not Brown was armed, his household says he “never carried a gun.”
“That’s my favorite nephew. He never carried a gun. He didn’t own a gun,” Pete Brown instructed CNN.
The deputy concerned within the capturing is on go away, in line with the the sheriff.
Wooten instructed reporters at a Wednesday afternoon news convention that deputies wore physique cameras they usually had been activated. The footage has not been launched.
The SBI stated in its assertion that it takes a court docket order in North Carolina to get physique digicam footage launched.
“Any requests as it relates to the release of such video should be directed to the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office or the District Attorney’s Office,” the assertion stated.
Andrew Womble, district legal professional for the First Prosecutorial District, and Pasquotank County Attorney R. Michael Cox stated, “The law does allow a private viewing by the family of Mr. Brown (and) we are working with their attorney to arrange that.”
“Here we are again outraged to hear of yet another Black man dead, allegedly at the hands of those who are supposed to protect and serve. The murder of Andrew Brown in Elizabeth City, NC, Black man, 40-years of age and a father of 10 on the morning after the guilty on every count verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin screams for increased scrutiny of the policing system,” officers with the NC NAACP stated, including they “will not stand idly by and watch North Carolina become another Minnesota.”
Brown’s aunt Clarissa Gibson stated she initially heard concerning the capturing on the news earlier than discovering out it was actually her nephew who was shot and killed. Gibson instructed CNN on Wednesday she believes Brown was unarmed at the time of the capturing as a result of he did not usually carry a gun.
Brown’s former girlfriend Patrice Revelle, who stated she shares 5 kids with Brown, instructed CNN that “Drew didn’t own a gun. He didn’t carry a gun.”
Revelle, who was not current at the time of the capturing, was adamant Brown wouldn’t have been armed.
Wooten stated he won’t touch upon the variety of pictures fired as a result of an investigation will reveal these particulars.
Gov. Roy Cooper instructed CNN in an announcement that he “is aware of the incident and believes that there should be a full investigation.”
“We must continue to work toward accountability and justice in communities across our state,” the governor stated in an announcement.
After the assembly, a number of members spoke to an offended crowd gathered outdoors.
Council member Darius Horton drew cheers when he instructed the protesters that he was calling for authorities to launch instantly the deputy’s physique digicam footage.
“I do believe in the coming days or coming hours that footage must be released,” he instructed CNN. “Because that’s the only way these people are going to calm down.
Elizabeth City has about 18,000 residents and is just west of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and about a 45-mile drive south of Norfolk, Virginia.
CNN’s Dianne Gallagher, Brian Todd and Devon M. Sayers reported from Elizabeth City and Nick Valencia and Gregory Lemos reported from Atlanta. CNN’s Kay Jones, Jason Hanna and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.