Andrew Brown Jr. died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, according to the state autopsy.
According to the state autopsy report, Andrew Brown Jr. died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, confirming the results of an autopsy ordered by Brown's family.
The report, which lists homicide as the cause of death, was completed Monday afternoon and distributed to CNN on Thursday morning.
Brown, a 42-year-old Black man, was fatally shot on April 21 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, by Pasquotank County deputies who were attempting to serve a warrant for his arrest.
District Attorney Andrew Womble of Pasquotank County concluded that the shooting – which Brown's family described as an execution – was justified, stating that Brown "recklessly" drove at the officers on the scene while evading arrest. The family's attorneys called the findings "an insult and a slap in the face."
In April, the FBI announced a separate federal civil rights investigation.
"The autopsy results confirm what we have always believed: Andrew Brown Jr. was executed by Pasquotank County deputies with a kill shot to the back of the head," family attorneys Ben Crump, Bakari Sellers, Harry Daniels, and Chantel Cherry-Lassiter said in a statement Thursday. "The false narrative woven by DA Womble is completely debunked by this autopsy report."
The incident was captured on body camera and made public during the District Attorney's presentation to the press explaining why he would not press charges.
Last month, on the same day as Womble's announcement, Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten announced the reinstatement and retraining of the three deputies who fired at Brown.
Along with the fatal shot, the state autopsy report notes a non-fatal gunshot wound to the right arm and additional wounds to the right arm.
Brown suffered gunshot wounds to the right arm and the back of his head, according to an autopsy ordered by Brown's family and attorneys.
The toxicology report was also released, noting that while methamphetamine was detected in Brown's system, the concentration was "minimal" and "likely did not contribute to Mr. Brown's cause or manner of death."
The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department announced last week that two of the three deputies disciplined in connection with Brown's shooting have returned to work and the third intends to resign.