Here’s What We Know About The Fatal Shooting Of A Black Man By An Elizabeth City Deputy
- Written by Jonah Grinkewitz
- Category: News
- Published: 22 April 2021
A Pasquotank County sheriff's deputy shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. while serving a search warrant in Elizabeth City.
But that's about all the detail law enforcement is willing to share right now.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will conduct an investigation into the shooting.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon following the shooting, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II confirmed there was body camera footage of the event but would not identify the deputy or say how many shots were fired.
He did say the deput has been placed on administrative leave.
"We're going to let the North Carolina SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) do their job," he said. "We'll have further information later on."
An eyewitness said Brown was shot while trying to drive away from his home and that deputies fired at him multiple times, according to reporting by the Associated Press.
Elizabeth City Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday night as demonstrators gathered outside City Hall.
Councilman Gabriel Adkins, a Black man, spoke emotionally about the shooting.
"I'm afraid that I may be the next one that my family has to see on the news that I was gunned down," he said. "I just want the people of Elizabeth City to know that we hear you."