Andrew Brown Jr.'s relative disputes official account of the fatal police shooting
April 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A relative of Andrew Brown Jr., who was fatally shot by police last week, has offered a different account of what happened in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, when police fired on the 42-year-old Black man.
Brown was fatally shot when Pasquotank County deputies were trying to execute a warrant on April 21, officials said.
During the court hearing about the video Wednesday, District Attorney Andrew Womble said law enforcement opened fire only after Brown's car came in contact with them.
But the relative said they did not see Brown's car come in contact with any officers and he was not backing up toward the officers and "there were none behind him. "
Brown's family and attorneys, who had watched 20 seconds of video earlier this week, said Wednesday he was driving away to save his life from gunfire.
Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, one of the family attorneys, said the video showed an "execution," in which deputies shot at Brown as he sat in his car with his hands on the wheel.
Meanwhile, the Pasquotank County sheriff on Thursday said four officers who were at the scene of the shooting but had not used their weapons were being reinstated to active duty.