- District Attorney Andrew Womble announced the ruling at a news conference on Tuesday in Elizabeth City
- Andrew Brown Jr was shot five times outside his home on April 21 by deputies attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants
- Womble said a state investigation found that the deputies’ use of force against Brown, an alleged drug dealer, was reasonable
- The DA also played previously unforeseen body-camera video of the shooting
North Carolina prosecutors will not bring any charges over the fatal police shooting of black man Andrew Brown Jr after determining that the officers’ actions were justified.
District Attorney Andrew Womble announced the decision at a news conference on Tuesday morning – almost a month after deputies attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants shot and killed Brown, 42, outside his Elizabeth City home on April 21.
Womble said a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation found that the deputies’ use of force against Brown, an alleged drug dealer, was reasonable.
‘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,’ he said.
The DA also played for the first time body-camera video of the deputies confronting Brown before he was shot five times.