SBI to probe fatal shooting by Pasquotank Deputy

By on April 21, 2021

Sheriff Wooten at his afternoon press conference following the shooting.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting by a Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Deputy in Elizabeth City on the morning of April 21 that resulted in the death of Andrew Brown Jr. The deputy was engaged in serving a search warrant at the time of the shooting.

At a press conference held shortly after 3:30 p.m. on April 21, Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said that “it has been a tragic day,” adding that, “I have complete trust in the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and its ability to complete the investigation…We will be transparent with this situation.” The identity of the deputy was not revealed.

Wooten also indicated that Dare County Sheriff’s personnel were at the scene of the incident, but stated that it was the Pasquotank Deputy who fired the gun. The sheriff also said his department does use body cameras and that they were active at the time of the incident.

SBI Special Agent Masha Rogers said Wooten had requested her agency’s involvement, adding that, “We will conduct a thorough investigation and will turn our findings” over to District Attorney Andrew Womble. Womble, also in attendance at the press conference, described the situation as “an active criminal investigation. What we will look for is accurate answers, not fast answers. This is not a rush to judgment.”

The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, which identified the deceased man as an African American, also reported that Brown’s neighbors had called for an immediate investigation into his death.

This incident comes one day after former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on multiple counts for the May 2020 murder of George Floyd. The case roiled passions and racial tensions across the county and put a red-hot spotlight on the troubled relationship between the African-American community and U.S. police forces and tactics.


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  • DanO

    Wait for the details. If he was shot for running and the warrant was for a minor offense, it was not right to shoot him. For those that think someone should never be shot while running away consider this; he may have been a violent criminal with numerous arrest on his record and wanted for shooting or killing someone. Before serving a warrant police know who they are dealing with. Police can never let dangerous people
    , black or white loose in the community. If he had got away and killed someone the next day what do you say to the victims love ones.

    Thursday, Apr 22 @ 6:50 pm
  • Scott

    @David If you want your right to live without guns, there is a place called England where I am sure they would welcome you. It is not our fault you had the unfortunate luck to be born into a free country. Plus, the founding fathers were well aware of the advances in firearm technology (see “puckle gun” invented before the Constitution).

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 9:04 am
  • Will

    The coverage is kind of confusing/contradictory. Was Mr. Brown being served with an Arrest Warrant, or a Search Warrant ?

    Search warrant is applicable to Property
    Arrest warrant is applicable to Person.

    If it was a Search warrant, there’s nothing to stop them from processing the search, regardless of the occupant’s presence (unless it included the Vehicle).

    If it was an Arrest warrant, I doubt there’s a time constraint justfying immediacy. Flight only implies lack of COMPLIANCE, not any RESISTANCE requiring or justifying use of deadly force.

    Friday, Apr 23 @ 10:21 am