Andrew Brown autopsy shows he was shot in back of head by US police, lawyers say
Lawyers for the family of a Black man gunned down by sheriff’s deputies last week in North Carolina said a private autopsy showed he died from a “kill shot” to the back of his head, and the FBI on Tuesday opened a civil rights probe of the shooting.
Andrew Brown Jr., 42, was struck by four bullets to his right arm before the fatal shot penetrated the rear of his skull as he tried to drive away, attorneys for his relatives told a news conference in Elizabeth City, a riverfront community near the Virginia border where last Wednesday’s shooting took place.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said in a videotaped statement last week that his deputies were trying to serve Brown with search and arrest warrants stemming from a felony drug charge and that the incident was over in fewer than 30 seconds.
In the same video, chief deputy Daniel Fogg described Brown as a convicted felon whose “history of resisting arrest” posed what he called a “high risk of danger” to deputies confronting him.
Wooten has urged the public to avoid a rush to judgment while the case is under review by the state Bureau of Investigation, which opened an inquiry at the sheriff’s request.
He has acknowledged police video of the shooting exists, but none of it has been seen by the public. The family’s lawyers said footage was captured by at least nine cameras, and that Brown’s relatives were privately shown a 20-second clip on Monday.
Seven deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, Wooten’s office said last week. According to lawyers for Brown’s family, two of those deputies have since resigned and one has retired…..read more