of Andrew Brown Jr.
, who was killed by a gunshot to the back of the head by police
, was ruled a homicide
by a North Carolina
state medical examiner's report.
Brown, who is Black, was killed on April
21 in Elizabeth City during a drug-related search warrant. Body
camera footage shows Brown reversing his car before driving
forward as he attempts to flee, and officers firing at his vehicle, killing him.
The state's autopsy results, released Thursday, confirm Brown was killed by police minutes after they arrived, and an independent autopsy commissioned by Brown's family in April confirmed Brown was shot in the back of the head as he attempted to flee.
Brown's family called the killing an "execution," but Pasquotank County District Attorney
Andrew Womble said last month that three officers involved in Brown's death "reasonably believed" that deadly force was justified, though no charges were filed against them.
“Mr. Brown’s death, while tragic, was justified,” Womble said at a press conference in May. “Mr. Brown’s actions caused three deputies with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others.”
Two of the officers involved in the shooting
have returned to work
, while a third has resigned from the force.
has opened its own civil rights investigation
into the shooting, which is still ongoing.