Andrew Brown Jr., the Black man who was fatally shot by Pasquotank County deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head, according to a state autopsy report. Brown’s cause of death has been listed as a homicide, confirming the results of an independent autopsy that the family commissioned back in April.
On Thursday (June 10), Brown’s family, along with their attorneys Ben Crump, Bakari Sellers, Harry Daniels and Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, released a statement about the recent autopsy findings. “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,” the statement read. “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 statement 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.”
Last week, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II announced that Deputies Daniel Meads and Robert Morgan, two of the men who were involved in Brown’s death, had been reinstated after being placed on administrative leave. Aaron Lewellyn, a third officer who was involved in the deadly shooting, will resign at the end of the month and will use his “accrued leave” until then.
On April 21, Brown was fatally shot as he drove away from authorities while they were serving him a search warrant.
Initially, seven deputies were placed on administrative leave as the State Bureau of Investigation reviewed footage of the shooting. Meads, Morgan and Lewellyn were the only three deputies who used their firearms during the incident. The other four officers were immediately reinstated. In May, District Attorney Andrew Womble announced that no charges would be filed against any of the deputies. He said that their excessive use of force was “justified.”