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VIDEO: Bodycam Shows Andrew Brown Tried To Run Over Deputies Before He Was Shot

Elizabeth City, NC – The district attorney released bodycam video of the deputy-involved fatal shooting of 42-year-old Andrew Brown on Tuesday that showed he rammed his car into a deputy before he was shot (video below).

North Carolina First Judicial District District Attorney Andrew Womble played four different bodycam videos for reporters after he announced that the shooting was “justified’ and none of the deputies who shot Brown would be criminally charged, WTVD reported.

Bodycam video showed deputies – most of whom were wearing SWAT gear – arrived at Brown’s home in the back of a pickup truck to serve a search warrant and two felony arrest warrants for selling drugs to undercover officers shortly before 8:30 a.m. on April 21.

The videos showed the deputies jumped out of the truck and surrounded Brown’s blue sedan yelling at him to show his hands.

Multiple deputies surrounded Brown’s vehicle with their weapons drawn, the bodycam showed.

One of the deputies ran up to the driver’s door of Brown’s vehicle and tried to open the door.

That’s when Brown threw his car in reverse and turned his wheel, striking a deputy beside the vehicle as he tried to back up.

He backed his vehicle up against the house and the back porch and video showed deputies once again surrounded his vehicle ordering him to “Stop! Stop!”

But the video showed Brown put his car in drive and slammed on the gas, driving directly at the deputies.

Video showed Brown struck one of the deputies as he tried to flee, but continued to try to escape.

Deputies opened fire on Brown only after he had hit the deputy, the bodycam showed.

Brown continued to flee across the lawn and toward another parked car that turned out to be an unmarked police vehicle.

He lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree in a yard across the street.

Bodycam videos showed that deputies surrounded Brown’s vehicle and ordered him to “show me your hands” multiple times before they reached into the car and pulled him out.

Deputies can be heard calling for EMS to come quickly after they discovered Brown had been shot, the videos showed.

Womble said that only 44 seconds elapsed between when deputies jumped out of the pickup truck and when they pulled Brown out of his wrecked car, WTVD reported.

“Brown’s precise speed in attempting to flee and striking Deputy Lundsford is uncertain. But that he drove recklessly and endangered the officers, is not uncertain. Therefore I find that Brown’s actions and conduct were indeed dangerous by the time of the shooting,” the district attorney said.

The release of the bodycam videos comes after weeks of protest and demands by Brown’s family, WTVD reported.

The family held a press conference in April after they were shown the footage and claimed it showed deputies started shooting at Brown as he sat still in his car.

“We were able to see Mr. Brown sitting in his vehicle – that he was ambushed as the sheriff’s office made their way to his residence,” an attorney for the Brown family told reporters. “Appearing to be surprised. At all times his hands were visible. At all times he did not appear to be a threat.”

Womble said that was not the case and that the bodycam videos showed Brown recklessly endangered the deputies and others with his actions.

“Mr. Brown’s conduct did not merely risk injuring officers by the time of the shooting, Brown had made two aggressive driving moves which caused his vehicle to contact Deputy Lunsford on both occasions,” the district attorney explained. “When the officers approached Brown with their guns drawn, his response was to maneuver his car and flee.”

Womble said Brown’s decision to try to run in the face of two felony arrest warrants was “reckless.”

“The law enforcement officers were duty-bound to stand their ground, carry through on the performance of their duties, and take Andrew Brown into custody,” he explained to reporters. “They could not simply let him go as has been suggested.”

He said his office wouldn’t criminally charge any of the deputies involved in the fatal shooting because Brown’s death was “justified due to his actions.”

“After reviewing the investigation conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Brown’s death while tragic, was justified because Mr. Brown’s actions caused three deputies with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others,” Womble said.

Watch the incident unfold in the videos below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

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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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