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Prosecutor finds deputies justified in shooting of Black man


Amr Alfiky, New York Times

Khalil Ferebee, the son of Andrew Brown Jr., embraces a woman in front of memorial to his father in Elizabeth City, N.C., May 2, 2021. Brown's family has been allowed to view about 20 minutes of footage from dash and body cameras that has not been made public. They said it did not show him threatening, or even making contact with, officers.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - A North Carolina prosecutor said Tuesday that sheriff's deputies were justified in fatally shooting Andrew Brown Jr. because the Black man struck a deputy with his car and nearly ran him over while ignoring commands to show his hands and get out of the vehicle.

District Attorney Andrew Womble said at a news conference that Brown used his car as a "deadly weapon," causing Pasquotank County deputies to believe it was necessary to use deadly force.

Womble, who acknowledged Brown wasn't armed with guns or other weapons, said the deputies will face no criminal charges after he reviewed a state investigation of the shooting, which sparked weeks of protests. Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said in a video statement Tuesday afternoon that the deputies will keep their jobs but will be "disciplined and retrained."


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