Dispatch audio says Andrew Brown Jr. was shot in the back

In the moments following the filming of Andrew Brown Jr., first responders can be heard on the audio of the dispatch saying a man has been shot and has gunshot wounds to his back.



a group of people posing for the camera: Protesters begin their march at a protest in reaction to the death of Andrew Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by a Pasquotank County Deputy Sheriff on Thursday April 21, 2021 in Elizabeth City, NC Andrew Brown, Jr. was gunned down on Wednesday by one or more deputy sheriffs trying to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants.  (Robert Willett / The News & Observer via AP)


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Protesters begin their march at a protest in reaction to the death of Andrew Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by a Pasquotank County Deputy Sheriff on Thursday April 21, 2021 in Elizabeth City, NC Andrew Brown, Jr. was gunned down on Wednesday by one or more deputy sheriffs trying to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants. (Robert Willett / The News & Observer via AP)



group of people standing in front of a crowd: Kirk Rivers addresses protesters outside Elizabeth City Town Hall on Friday.


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Kirk Rivers addresses protesters outside Elizabeth City Town Hall on Friday.

Audio of the call, posted in the site archives Broadcast, includes a dispatcher saying that teams are responding to a call for ‘shots’ and that an individual can then be heard saying ‘we have a subject that has been touched’.

Later, a first responder said: “Know that EMS has a 42 year old man with a bullet in the back”.

Another person says the man has “gunshot wounds”.

Brown, who was black, was gunned down Wednesday morning by lawmakers in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as they attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant, the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting took place as protests unfolded across the country against the deaths of blacks at the hands of law enforcement.

Seven MPs were placed on administrative leave, two resigned and one retired following the shooting, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten told CNN.



Police try to get protesters to move after surrounding a police car in Elizabeth City on Thursday night.


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Police are trying to get protesters to move after surrounding a police car in Elizabeth City on Thursday night.

Not all MPs who were placed on administrative leave unloaded guns there, but were all part of the warrant operation, he said.

Governor calls for body camera video to be released

The news comes as protests in Elizabeth City continue, the Brown family has met with the sheriff but failed to see the body camera footage, and state and local officials have requested the video to be released.

Friday evening, during an emergency meeting, the city council called for the dissemination of images recorded by the body cameras of deputies. Governor Roy Cooper also called on the public to see the video as quickly as possible.

Body camera footage from the shooting cannot be released without a court order, the area prosecutor and Pasquotank County prosecutor said Thursday in a joint statement.

“We must obey the law and the law prohibits us from publicly posting body-worn camera footage,” said District Attorney Andrew Womble and Pasquotank County District Attorney R. Michael Cox. “The law allows for a private visit by Mr. Brown’s family, we are working with their lawyer to arrange that.”



man wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: Andrew Brown Jr.


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Andrew Brown Jr.

But when family members met the sheriff on Friday, he didn’t show them the video as they expected.

Wooten told reporters the footage would not be released at this time because the prosecutor did not want its publication to hamper the investigation. Wooten said he apologized to the family and told them he was trying to follow the correct procedures.

He said his office, which is the custodian of the video, had “absolutely nothing to hide”.

When asked if he was going to request the video to be shown, he said it could happen.

“Because I want what the people of this county want”, he said, but added that “on the side of the police, I am trying to let the investigation take place”.

Some shooting details published

City manager Montré Freeman told CNN’s “OutFront with Erin Burnett” that the council sent the sheriff a letter asking for the video to be released. The sheriff has 72 hours to respond, and then the case could go to court.

Freeman praised the protesters’ peaceful actions, but said he feared something might happen if they don’t get responses quickly.

“This stuff is going to have a ripple effect the longer it’s been here,” he said.

Law enforcement has released some details about Brown’s shooting. Authorities have not said where or how many times Brown was shot.

Wooten said on Friday that “a lot of” body cameras were worn.

Betty Banks, Brown’s aunt, said Wooten told them they couldn’t find any drugs or weapons in Brown’s car or at his house. She said no further details of the investigation had been shared with the family.

“We really don’t know any more than before,” Banks told CNN. Wooten offered her condolences at the start and throughout their meeting, she added.

Jharod and Khalil Ferebee, Brown’s two oldest sons, told CNN on Friday that they had hired Ben Crump to represent them.

More events in Elizabeth City

Protests against the shooting began on Friday for a third day in a row, with protesters calling on authorities to release police body camera footage of Wednesday’s murder.

Protesters took to the streets early Friday afternoon, blocking a few intersections in a commercial section of the city of about 18,000 residents.

Protest organizer Kirk Rivers told CNN that protesters want to see camera footage of the corps of officers and will continue to protest until authorities make it clear what happened.

“Come talk to us. We just want people to come talk to us,” Rivers said Thursday. “Are you just going to continue to let us guess what happened?”

There were still protests on Friday night with hundreds of people in the crowd – a number similar to Thursday.

Wooten said in a video message Thursday that if the evidence shows that any of the MPs involved violated the law or department policies, they will be held accountable.

“Our deputies tried to serve the arrest warrant. They fired the shots. They were put on administrative leave until we knew all the facts,” Wooten said.

Brown’s warrant was tied to felony charges, Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said. The task force also had a search warrant, Wooten said on Friday.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Andrew Brown’s age. He was 42 years old.

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