A report from a North Carolina state medical examiner determined Andrew Brown Jr.’s death was a homicide after he was shot to the back of the neck by police.
Brown, who is black, was killed on April 21 in Elizabeth City during a drug-related search warrant. Body camera footage from the encounter shows Brown reversing his car before advancing as he tries to escape and police shoot at his vehicle, killing him.
State autopsy results released Thursday confirm Brown was killed by police just minutes after their arrival. An independent autopsy ordered by Brown’s family in April also confirmed that Brown was shot in the back of the neck as he tried to escape.
Brown’s family called the murder an “execution,” but Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble said last month that three officers involved in Brown’s murder “reasonably believed” the lethal force was justified. No charges were filed against the officers.
“Mr. Brown’s death, while tragic, was justified, as Mr. Brown’s actions led three deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office to reasonably believe that it was necessary to use lethal force in order to protect and protect others, ”Womble said at a press conference in May.
Two of the officers involved in the shooting returned to work and a third officer resigned from the department.
The FBI has launched a separate civil rights investigation into the shooting, which continues.