By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on June 4, 2021
Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II has issued this update on June 4 on the status of the three Pasquotank Deputies who had been on administrative leave in the wake after the April 21 shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. Two have returned to work and one has resigned.
The Wooten statement said, “We are issuing the latest information regarding the change in status regarding three deputies who have been on administrative leave status until recently: Deputy Daniel Meads returned to work June 1, 2021. Deputy Robert Morgan returned to work June 2, 2021. Deputy Aaron Lewellyn has informed this office that he is resigning effective June 30, 2021; he will be using accrued leave until that date.”
Brown was fatally shot in his car on April 21 by Pasquotank Deputies who were trying to serve felony drug arrest and search warrants at his Elizabeth City home. On May 18, after an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), First Judicial District DA Andrew Womble announced his decision that the shooting by the deputies was “justified” because they had reason to fear for their safety.
On that same day, Wooten announced that the three deputies involved in the shooting, without mentioning them by name, would be “disciplined and re-trained.”
On May 19, in the wake of the Womble decision, Governor Roy Cooper asserted that, “Federal officials should continue to thoroughly investigate the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City.” Two days later, a group of civil rights leaders announced at a press conference that they were sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, asking for federal civil rights investigations into the Brown case.
According to media accounts, activists and civil rights leaders travelled to Washington D.C. to meet on June 3 with Department of Justice officials on the matter. Back on April 27, the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office announced that it had opened a federal civil rights investigation into the Brown shooting.