Black man fatally shot by deputy serving warrant in North Carolina

Authorities identified the man who was slain as Andrew Brown Jr., a resident of Elizabeth City.

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North Carolina state officials have opened an investigation into the fatal shooting of a Black man in his car by local sheriff’s deputies serving him with a search warrant, authorities and local media reported on Wednesday.

The shooting unfolded on Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City, a riverfront town of about 18,000 residents in Pasquotank County near North Carolina’s coastal border with Virginia and small groups of protesters took to the streets by evening.The county sheriff’s office and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), which said it had taken over the case, each provided few details of the fatal encounter.

The State Bureau of Investigation will turn the findings of its review over to District Attorney Andrew Womble, who pledged a thorough and deliberate inquiry.Authorities identified the man who was slain as Andrew Brown Jr., a resident of Elizabeth City, and said only that he was shot when sheriff’s deputies tried to serve him with a search warrant, spurring an outcry from a crowd of dozens that immediately gathered at the scene and demanded law enforcement accountability.

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