Andrew Brown Jr. died of gunshot wound to back of head, state autopsy confirms – –

Andrew Brown Jr. died of gunshot wound to back of head, state autopsy confirms – –

The report, which says the cause of death was homicide, was finalized Monday afternoon and aired on CNN Thursday morning.

Brown, a 42-year-old black man, was shot dead on April 21 by members of Pasquotank County in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as they tried to issue an arrest warrant against him.

Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble concluded the shooting – which Brown’s family described as an execution – was justified, saying Brown “recklessly” drove police to the scene while trying to flee the city. arrest. Lawyers for the family described the findings as “an insult and a slap in the face.”

The FBI had separately announced a federal civil rights investigation in April.

“The autopsy results prove what we have always known to be true: Pasquotank County MPs executed Andrew Brown Jr. with a bullet in the back of the neck,” family attorneys Ben Crump said, Bakari Sellers, Harry Daniels and Chantel Cherry-Lassiter. said in a statement Thursday. “The false story that DA Womble tried to weave is completely discredited by this autopsy report. ”
The incident was captured on body cam and was shown publicly by the district attorney as part of his presentation to the press of his reasons for not laying charges.

On the very day of Womble’s announcement last month, Sheriff Pasquotank Tommy Wooten said the three MPs who shot Brown would be reinstated and retrained.

In addition to the fatal blow, the state autopsy report also notes a non-fatal gunshot wound and other injuries to his right arm.

An autopsy ordered by Brown’s family and their attorneys revealed that Brown was shot in the right arm and back of the head.

The toxicology report was also released and noted that there was methamphetamine in Brown’s system, but the level was “low and likely did not play a role in the cause or mode of death of Mr. . Brown ”.

Two of the three MPs sanctioned for Brown’s shooting have returned to work and the third intends to resign, the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department said last week.

Correction: An earlier version of this story overestimated the number of non-fatal gunshot wounds in the state autopsy report for Andrew Brown Jr. He had a non-fatal gunshot wound and other injuries to his arm.


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