Watch: Pasquotank County sheriff provides updates after Elizabeth City man shot, killed by deputy while serving search warrant

Deputy on administrative leave
Andrew Brown Jr. shooting scene
Andrew Brown
Posted at 11:35 AM, Apr 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-21 20:05:40-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - An Elizabeth City resident was shot and killed while deputies executed a search warrant on him Wednesday morning.

According to the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office, the search warrant was conducted in the 400 block of Perry Street at around 8:30 a.m. A deputy shot and fatally wounded the resident while serving the search warrant, officials said.

Family told News 3 the man killed was named Andrew Brown.

His family says he lived right by the area and was in his car when the shooting happened.

His family members came to the scene, and they had a lot of questions about what happened.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will assume responsibility for investigating this incident.

A press conference was held at the Public Safety Building in Elizabeth City as information develops on this shooting. During the press conference, the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office stated that due to this being an active investigation with the SBI, they are unable to comment on specifics. The sheriff did say that the office will be transparent to the public during the investigation and questions will be answered.

Officials stated during the briefing that body cameras were turned on during this incident.

The sheriff added that the deputy is on administrative leave.

On Wednesday, District Attorney R. Andrew Womble gave a statement saying:

Thank you for your inquiry. I am aware of the officer involved shooting in Elizabeth City, NC that occurred at approximately 8:30am on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Upon being notified of the incident, I immediately requested North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assistance. Specifically, that request was that the NC SBI assume primary responsibility for investigating the events surrounding the officer involved shooting and to process the scene where the events took place including but not limited to the collection of physical evidence.

I will refrain from further comment at this time as this is an active investigation.

Stay with News 3 for updates.