No charges filed against deputies in fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.

The North Carolina deputies who shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. while serving a search warrant last month will not be charged after the county’s district attorney reviewed the body camera footage.
3:46 | 05/19/21

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And we begin tonight with that decision in the fatal shooting of Andrew brown Jr. In north Carolina. Today, the D.A. Saying there will be no charges in the case, calling the shoots, quote, justified. Claiming brown was using his vehicle as a deadly weapon. The D.A. Showing some of the video and it is disturbing. We had already reported here on the surveillance video showing the heavily-armed deputies riding in a truck, arriving at brown's home, jumping out with weapons drawn. Tonight, one of the newly released images showing brown sitting in his car when they arrive. Then authorities say he put the car in reverse, appearing to try to drive away. The D.A. Claiming he was using the car as a weapon. The deputies firing 14 shots, several hitting brown. One in the back of the head. The D.A. Also saying today the incident lasted just 44 seconds. Tonight, the family outraged. The new statement in from their lawyer tonight. Seven deputies were on the scene that day. All will remain on the force. ABC's Victor Oquendo leading us off tonight from Elizabeth city, North Carolina, and again we warn you, the video is difficult. Reporter: Tonight, no charges will be filed against the North Carolina deputies who shot and killed Andrew brown Jr. While serving a search warrant last month. After reviewing the investigation conducted by the North Carolina state bureau of investigation, Mr. Brown's death, while tragic, was justified. Reporter: The pasquotank county district attorney playing some parts of the long-awaited body camera footage, showing how quickly the incident occurred. It would all be over in just 44 seconds. On the morning of April 21st, deputies packed into the back of a pickup truck, arrive at brown's home shouting commands. Let me see your hands! Get your hands up! Get your hands up. Reporter: Brown sitting behind the steering wheel of his car. One deputy gripping the door handle when brown puts the car in reverse. The D.A. Saying that's the deputy's arm making contact with the hood of the car. When the car comes to a stop, brown is boxed in. His house behind him, deputies surrounding the front. He ignores commands. Putting the car in drive, the D.A. Said hitting that same deputy again. That's when they open fire. Stop your car! Reporter: Brown driving through an open lot as officers continue shooting. Let me see your hands. Reporter: When the deputies catch up, brown had crashed into a tree. Get an ems! Reporter: Brown's death certificate stating he died within minute us of a "Penetrating gunshot wound of the head." The D.A. Concluding his investigation today saying that while he believes brown was attempting to flee the scene, he used his car as a deadly weapon, and that the deputies' use of force was necessary. When you employ a car in a manner that puts officers lives in danger, that is a threat. And I don't care what direction you're going. Reporter: It's been nearly a month now since brown's death sparked days of peaceful protests and demands for transparency. No justice, no peace! Reporter: Brown's family watched about 20 minutes of the same videos calling what they saw an "Execution. There's no way that this could be justified. There's no way possible. Reporter: Tonight, attorneys for the brown family releasing a statement, calling the d.a.'s declaration "An insult and a slap in the face." Victor Oquendo with us tonight from Elizabeth city, North Carolina, and Victor, we know seven deputies were on the scene. Three fired their weapons and the sheriff weighing in tonight? Reporter: David, the sheriff saying that those three deputies involved will keep their jobs. That no laws were broken. But they will be disciplined and retrained. We still haven't seen all the body cam video, but the sheriff also says that he plans to petition a judge to get them released as soon as possible. David? Victor Oquendo leading us off tonight. Victor, thank you.

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