Two Pasquotank Deputies in Brown case return to duty, one resigns

By on June 4, 2021

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II

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.





  • Tom Gauss

    Life goes on. The deputies have a right to continue their careers while protecting law abiding citizens. We all know that if you choose a life of crime, there are consequences. It is unfortunate that Andrew Brown Jr. chose to disobey the orders of the deputies who were there because of his past criminal behavior. He made another bad choice, unfortunately a fatal one.

    Friday, Jun 4 @ 7:04 pm
  • Travis

    Womble: Nothing to see here. Good shooting. Move along, move along.

    Wooten: “the three deputies involved in the shooting, without mentioning them by name, would be “disciplined and re-trained.”

    What in the name of Peter, Paul and Mary is THAT telling everyone? You don’t discipline cops for a justifiable shooting.

    Side note of misinformation: is Wooten really going to bother disciplining and retraining the deputy who is quitting and on leave from the sheriff’s department until he leaves?

    Friday, Jun 4 @ 8:02 pm
  • BMP

    @Travis…The article states that the deputy who is resigning will be using “accrued leave” until he reaches his resignation date.

    Saturday, Jun 5 @ 7:29 am
  • David Smith

    Apparently one or more of the deputies did not turn on their body cameras. There is more to this incident than has appeared so far. The video of the ENTIRE incident needs to be released for full transparency.

    Saturday, Jun 5 @ 8:44 am
  • Mike

    Yes, the shooting was determined to be justified. Womble was in a position to review all of the evidence and reach a conclusion. That’s what he does. I didn’t read where he said “nothing to see here” or “move along, move along”.
    As for the deputies being disciplined and re-trained… those steps were taken for reasons unrelated to the actual shooting. They were in response to other aspects of the operation to serve the warrants – deputies not activating their body cams, and not having EMS on standby.

    Saturday, Jun 5 @ 12:22 pm
  • Mike

    Andrew brown made a fatal choice that morning when he threw that vehicle into drive towards the cop at front passenger side of vehicle. He knew he was either dying or going to jail.
    Good job EC sheriffs department.
    Please keep cleaning up that specific area it is full of drugs, violence, and thugs like Brown.

    Sunday, Jun 6 @ 8:24 am
  • Sandman

    Thank you for all of your hard work officers! It doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated! One more drug trafficking thing off the streets. Read up on this guy, this wasn’t some random traffic stop that went south. Career drug dealing repeat violent offender! Don’t try to run over cops people! Comply don’t die!!

    Thursday, Jun 10 @ 7:23 am