Andrew Brown Jr. was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on Wednesday during the execution of a warrant on his home, according to Fox News.
Deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office were at Brown’s residence to conduct a search of his Perry Street home around 8:30 a.m. local time, according to Sheriff Tommy Wooten II’s comments during a Wednesday afternoon news conference
The name of the deputy involved in the shooting has yet to be released, but according to WAVY-TV 10 News, Brown was in his car at the time of the shooting.
Witnesses told reporters that Brown climbed into his vehicle and was attempting to feel the scene when the deputy shot and killed him. However, Police did not inform the media whether Brown was armed, or why they were searching his home.
It has been reported by Fox that The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, which will doubtless be made easier by the fact that the officer involved was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting.
District Attorney Andrew Womble commented on the shooting, saying that the State Bureau of Investigation probe would be thorough and “will not be a rush to judgment.”
While Wooten declined to say how many shots were fired during the event, he did say that the officer who shot Brown was placed on administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation.
Pasquotank County NAACP chapter president Keith Rivers called for an independent investigation, slamming the sheriff’s office for the time it took to release details, despite a crowd gathering at the time of the actual event:
“When is it going to stop? We just got a verdict yesterday,” Rivers told The Associated Press in a phone interview, seeming to reference the guilty verdict Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. “Is it open season now? At some point, it has to stop. We have to start holding the people in charge accountable.”