The North Carolina prosecutor reviewing the police shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. said he hit deputies with his car before they opened fire — and slammed claims from Brown’s family about the fatal encounter as “patently false.”
“As it backs up, it does make contact with law enforcement officers,” District Attorney Andrew Womble told Judge Jeffrey Foster during a court hearing Wednesday, referring to Brown’s car.
“The next movement of the car is forward,” Womble said, according to Fox News. “It is in the director of law enforcement and makes contact with law enforcement. It is then, and only then, you hear shots.”
The prosecutor’s account contradicts the allegations by Brown’s family and attorneys, who claimed deputies executing a search warrant at his home on April 21 opened fire before Brown tried to drive off and while he was complying with deputies.
Prosecutors in Elizabeth City have only allowed the family to view a 20-second clip from