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North Carolina DA says no charges for deputies in Andrew Brown shooting

By
Don Johnson

May 18 (UPI) -- North Carolina deputies who shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. during an arrest last month were justified in their actions and they will face no charges, the district attorney announced Tuesday.

While calling Brown's death "tragic," District Attorney Andrew Womble said the 42-year-old man's actions during the arrest caused three Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies "to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others."

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Brown, who was Black, died from his wounds during the April 21 arrest in Elizabeth City, N.C.

"The facts of this case clearly illustrate that the officers who used deadly force on Andrew Brown Jr. did so reasonably and only when a violent felon used a deadly weapon to place their lives in danger," Womble said.

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"The officers' actions were consistent with their training and fully supported under the law in protecting their lives and this community."

At Tuesday's news conference, Womble showed four body camera videos of the attempted arrest. They showed the deputies jump out of their vehicle and run at Brown's vehicle, guns pointed toward him.

Brown began driving toward the deputies and struck one of them.

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"That he drove recklessly and endangered the officers is not uncertain," Womble said.

Womble said the first shot fired by deputies entered the front windshield and additional shots went through the passenger and rear passenger door and window.

Deputies attempted to search Brown's home for drugs, according to police records.

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Attorneys for Brown's family said last month that a private autopsy showed he was shot five times, four times in the right arm and once in the head.

Last month, the FBI opened a federal civil rights investigation into Brown's death amid questions from local and state NAACP chapters and other civil rights organizations.

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