Deputies Who Killed Andrew Brown Jr. Will Be Reinstated

Updated: May 21

The deputies who fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr., the 42-year-old Black American who was shot and killed in his North Carolina home on April 21st, will not be charged. District Attorney Andrew Womble announced Tuesday that the officers were justified in using deadly force.

"Mr. Brown's death, while tragic, was justified because Mr. Brown's actions caused three deputies to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others," Womble said.

The three deputies who killed Brown will be reinstated and retrained, as Pasquotank Sherrif Tommy Wooten stated Tuesday. Meanwhile, disciplinary action would still be taken against the deputies that responded at the scene.

Brown was shot twice by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies when they attempted to serve two felony warrants and a search warrant. Outraged by the killing, residents of Elizabeth City, where the shooting took place, have broken out in protests.

Body-cam footage of the incident shows that three of the seven deputies on scene ended up firing 14 total shots at Brown, with Womble stating that Brown's driving constituted a threat to himself and those around him.

Brown's killing comes just over one year after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, whose deaths both sparked widespread "Black Lives Matter" protests across the country and places abroad.

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