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Mob Of Activists Gathering At Scene Of Police Shooting In North Carolina

Elizabeth City, NC – Protesters have gathered to voice outrage over the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Andrew Brown Jr. by a Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on April 21 in the 400-block of Perry Street off Roanoke Avenue in Elizabeth City, according to a press release from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s department said deputies were attempting to serve a search warrant on the home.

Witnesses told WAVY that after deputies arrived at the home on Perry Street with the search warrant, Brown got into his car and started to leave.

That’s when the deputy opened fire.

Neighbors reported having heard anywhere from six to eight gunshots, WAVY reported.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said there were no other injuries.

The deputy who shot Brown has been placed on administrative leave while the deputy-involved shooting is investigated, as is protocol.

Sheriff Wooten told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that he had contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to take over the investigation of the deputy-involved shooting immediately after it happened.

“We will be transparent with this situation,” Sheriff Wooten promised.

The sheriff said there was bodycam video of the incident but hadn’t viewed it yet.

Sheriff Wooten did not provide any details regarding the incident and referred reporters to SBI for comment.

SBI Special Agent-In-Charge Masha Rogers added no information and told reporters that SBI would investigate and pass their report to the district attorney’s office for any decisions regarding criminal charges.

District Attorney Andrew Womble said his office wanted “accurate answers, not fast answers.”

Sheriff Wooten thanked the SBI, Elizabeth City Police Department, Alcohol Law Enforcement, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol for their assistance with the scene and investigation.

Before the end of the press conference, the sheriff referred to the crowd of protesters that has been quickly growing in size since the shooting.

“I have put together a team of local law enforcement to come to Pasquotank County to ensure the safety and protection of the citizens in our community,” Sheriff Wooten said.

Protesters began gathering at the scene of the shooting within minutes of Brown’s death, WAVY reported.

Police have formed lines around the perimeter of the crime scene to keep people back.

Brown’s body was kept under a tent at the scene for hours prompting outraged calls from activists and his family.

Family members said that Brown was the father of 10 children and didn’t carry a gun, WAVY reported.

Community leaders and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) demanded fast answers.

“If the body cameras were on that information needs to be disseminated as quickly as possible in order to make sure justice is served,” Pasquotank NAACP Keith Rivers told WAVY.

Rivers was angry the police had gone into what he called “riot mode.”

“The sheriff has not spoken to anyone out here… this is not the Elizabeth City Police Department, this is the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department,” the civil rights advocate told WAVY. “The sheriff needs to address these people. The sheriff needs to talk to community leaders to let us know what is going on so that we can be a part of this process.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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