Crime Andrew Brown Was Shot in Back of Head, Autopsy Shows, Which Family Says Proves He Posed No Threat
Andrew Brown Jr. shot in back of the head, state autopsy says
The autopsy is fueling continued calls for the release of the full body camera footage of the altercation. © Ben Crump Law/Handout via Reuters cbsn-fusion-family-of-andrew-brown-jr-views-more-bodycam-video-of-fatal-law-enforcement-shooting-thumbnail-713178-640x360.jpg Brown was killed in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, after sheriff's deputies who were serving felony warrants and a search warrant surrounded his car.
the North Carolina Black man who in April, was shot in the back of the head, according to the official autopsy report released on Thursday afternoon.
The autopsy report, which was, says that Brown's cause of death was a "penetrating gunshot wound of the head." The manner of death was ruled a homicide. While the autopsy found a small amount of methamphetamine in Brown's system, the medical examiner said that the drug "likely did not play a role in Mr. Brown's cause or manner of death."
Brown was killed in April while the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office deputies were serving drug-related search and arrest warrants for him and he tried to flee the scene.
Autopsy: Andrew Brown Jr. died from gunshot wound to head
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — The unarmed Black man who was fatally shot in April by sheriff's deputies in North Carolina died from a “penetrating gunshot wound of the head,” according to the official autopsy results released Thursday. Andrew Brown Jr. also was shot in the right arm and suffered lacerations and other wounds to his right thigh, right arm and upper back. He had a low level of methamphetamine in his bloodstream. But it “likely did not play a role in Mr. Brown’s cause or manner of death,” which was homicide, the report said.
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Last month, Pasquotank District Attorney Andrew Womble alleged that unreleased bodycam video showed Brown hitting officers with his car and driving toward police.
Womble said that the deputies were, and none of the officers would be charged in connection with Brown's death.
"Mr. Brown's death, while tragic, was justified because Mr. Brown's actions caused three deputies to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others," Womble said.
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Womble said Brown was surrounded on all sides by police, saying, "You are not allowed to run over police officers." Additionally, Womble alleged that Brown's vehicle made contact with police twice before they fired their weapons.
Brown's family disagrees with Womble's assessment, and their attorneys are demanding that all of the body-worn and dashboard camera footage of the shooting to be released. According to, Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten has also petitioned for the court to allow a public release of the footage without redaction.
The official autopsy appears to confirm the findings of a previous autopsy ordered by Brown's family. The family plans to file aalleging that Brown was deprived of his rights under state law.
"The autopsy results prove 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," Brown's family tells PEOPLE in a statement. "The false narrative that DA Womble has attempted to weave is completely discredited by this autopsy report."
"Despite law enforcement's and the district attorney's best efforts to hide the facts in this case, and paint Andrew as a villain, we are confident that the truth will be revealed and justice will prevail," the family continued. "We will continue to demand release of video footage from the day Andrew was killed, and we won't stop fighting for transparency and accountability from law enforcement and the district attorney. From what we've seen thus far from both parties, we have a long way to go."
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