Sheriff Tommy Wooten claimed the deputies had been executing a search warrant and an arrest warrant for felony drug fees when Andrew Brown Jr. was “fatally wounded.”
“Our deputies tried to serve the arrest warrant,” Wooten advised reporters in a press release launched Wednesday. “They fired the pictures. They have been placed on administrative depart till we all know all of the info.”
“What I’ll say is that if proof reveals that any of my deputies violate the regulation or insurance policies, they are going to be held accountable,” Wooten added.
Maj. Aaron Wallio of the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed Friday that the seven deputies had been on depart, whereas two others have resigned and one has retired because the capturing of Brown in Elizabeth Metropolis, The New York Occasions reported.
The sheriff’s workplace has claimed that the resignations will not be associated to the incident.
The workplace has not described the circumstances surrounding the incident additional, which has led to elevated calls for for the sheriff’s workplace to launch the deputies’ physique digital camera footage.
The day earlier than the capturing, close by Dare County issued two arrest warrants for Brown on drug-related fees, together with possession with intent to promote cocaine, in accordance with courtroom paperwork launched Thursday.
An eyewitness stated deputies fired at Brown a number of occasions as he tried to drive away. The automobile skidded out of Brown’s yard and hit a tree, stated Demetria Williams, who lives on the identical avenue. A automobile that authorities faraway from the scene appeared to have a number of bullet holes.
Every day demonstrations have occurred because the capturing, with protesters demanding extra data.
Members of the Elizabeth Metropolis Council voted unanimously throughout an emergency assembly Friday to formally name on authorities to launch the physique digital camera footage.
Officers with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, which is main the probe into the capturing, stated the footage can solely be launched by a courtroom order.
Gov. Roy Cooper additionally referred to as for the discharge of the physique digital camera footage. He posted a press release on Twitter, saying that the capturing was “tragic” and “extraordinarily regarding.”
Fox Information’ Greg Norman and Emmett Jones contributed to this report.