An autopsy commissioned by the family of slain North Carolina man Andrew Brown Jr., 42, found that deputies shot him five times. One of the shots entered the back of his head, according to findings.
Five penetrating bullet wounds including a “kill shot” to the back of the head. That’s the autopsy result being read by the attorneys for Andrew Brown’s family now. They note four non-fatal bullet wounds to Brown’s right arm, followed by a fatal shot to the head.
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Of the other four shots, one bullet entered Brown’s right upper arm, one entered his right mid-arm, and two grazed his right upper arm, according to results.
Brown was shot and killed last Wednesday while Pasquotank County deputies were trying to serve him a drug-related arrest warrant. Officials balked at releasing the video, with Sheriff Tommy Wooten saying that only a judge could do so, and that he would ask for a release after confirming with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation that it would not interfere with their investigation.
Attorneys and family of Brown said they were only allowed to see a 20-second snippet of body cam footage of the man’s death. They used the words “execution” and “executed” to describe what happened when deputies opened fire on him while he was in a vehicle.
“He wasn’t reaching for anything,” attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter told reporters. “He wasn’t touching anything. He wasn’t throwing anything around.”
Attorneys said authorities continued to open fire as he backed out of the driveway. Brown’s bullet hole-ridden vehicle crashed into a tree, Cherry-Lassiter said.
“We lost count,” she said. “It was 20 seconds and we lost count of how many shots.”
This is Andrew Brown Jr — a 42yo Black father of SEVEN. He was gunned down by police in North Carolina as he was allegedly driving away from them, posing no danger to officers. pic.twitter.com/TtUAqW5hFd
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Tuesday that it is conducting a civil rights investigation into the shooting death.
“The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened a federal civil rights investigation into the police involved shooting death of Andrew Brown, Jr,” the agency said in a statement to Law&Crime. “Agents will work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice to determine whether federal laws were violated. As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further.”
Wooten told CNN that seven deputies ended up on administrative leave; two resigned, and one retired. Wooten added that not all of the ones on leave opened fire, but they were part of the operation.
You can read the autopsy results below:
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