An independent autopsy of Andrew Brown, a Black man killed by police last week, showed that he was shot five times, including once in the head, attorneys said on April 27.
Lawyers for Brown’s family announced in a news conference in Elizabeth City, North Carolina that the autopsy commissioned by the family confirmed the “execution” of Brown.
Attorney Wayne Kendall displayed autopsy graphics to show that police shot Brown four times in his right arm, but the bullet that killed Brown was a shot at the back of his head.
“It went into the base of the neck, bottom of the skull and got lost in his brain. That was the cause of death,” Attorney Ben Crump described.
“This, in fact, was a fatal wound to the back of Mr. Brown’s head as he was leaving the site, trying to evade being shot at by these particular law enforcement officers who we believe did nothing but a straight-up execution,” Kendall said.
Kendall said that Doctor Brent Hall, a former medical examiner in North Carolina counties, performed the autopsy.
The lawyers also released a copy of Brown’s death certificate, which listed the cause of death as a “penetrating gunshot wound of the head” and described the death as a homicide. A paramedic services instructor serving as a local medical examiner signed the certificate.
In a video posted on social media, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten responded to the autopsy results, saying, “The private autopsy released by the family is important… However, a private autopsy is just one piece of the puzzle.”
Wooten added that an independent investigation is ongoing.
Seven deputies involved in the shooting last April 21, whose names have not been released, have been placed on administrative leave.
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