Pasquotank Co. Sheriff gives update on release of body cam footage from fatal shooting of Andrew Brown

Posted at 4:24 PM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 19:01:54-04

PASQUOTANK COUNTY, N.C. - Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office provided updates in a video statement Monday after the family of Andrew Brown and reviewed the body camera footage of the fatal shooting involving a deputy.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Wooten says that the office wants the bodycam footage of the shooting to be made public, but says that it is not the office's decision.

Sheriff Wooten emphasized that only a judge can release the video. He says that he has asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to confirm that its release will not undermine their investigation.

The office says the county's attorney filed a motion in court on Monday to release the footage.

"We know people want answers. We know you're angry. We understand and respect that. But, we're following a process to protect the investigation to ensure fairness for all," Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said.

Brown, a 42-year-old father of 7, was shot and killed after a search warrant was conducted in the 400 block of Perry Street at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten and Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said the warrant was for felony drug charges.

Daniels' office says eyewitness accounts say Brown was unarmed and fleeing when he was shot.

The community has been demanding the release of body camera footage of the shooting. Brown's family held a press conference Sunday demanding for transparency. During the press conference, Keith Rivers, Pasquotank County NAACP President says they are demanding the resignation of Sheriff Wooten.

Seven deputies are on administrative leavefollowing the incident. Sheriff Wooten told News 3 Friday that three deputies resigned, but those deputies weren't involved in the incident.

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