A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina has fatally shot a Black man on April 21 while serving a search warrant, the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff Tommy Wooten said at a news conference that the deputy shot Andrew Brown Jr., 40, at about 8:30 a.m. in Elizabeth City.
Wooten said the deputy, whose name he declined to disclose, has been placed on administrative leave pending a review by the State Bureau of Investigation.
Wooten also said that the deputy was wearing an active body camera during what his office called an officer-involved shooting. Wooten said he has not viewed the footage yet.
Wooten also declined to provide details about the search warrant on Brown and how many shots the deputy fired.
Neighbors in the area heard six to eight shots.
Witnesses said that the deputy fired shots when Brown got into his car and attempted to drive away.
Officials declined to answer questions about the investigation on the shooting.
Dozens of people gathered at the scene of the shooting to demand the body camera footage to be released and to hold law enforcement accountable.
“I do believe in the coming days or coming hours that footage must be released because that’s the only way these people are going to calm down,” City Council Member Darius Horton told the press.
Officials said that the State Bureau of Investigation will take over the investigation on the shooting and will hand its findings over to District Attorney Andrew Womble.
Womble pledged a thorough and deliberate inquiry and said at the news conference that he was looking for “accurate answers and not fast answers.”
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