An independent autopsy organized by the family of Andrew Brown Jr. found that he was shot five times by police: four times in his right arm and a fatal shot to the back of his head.
"It was a killshot to the back of the head," said attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Brown's family, in a press conference Tuesday morning.
Brown was shot and killed in his car outside his home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on April 21 as deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office attempted to execute a search warrant. Seven deputies were placed on administrative leave after the incident.
The office didn't immediately return a request for comment on the autopsy report, although Sheriff Tommy Wooten II did release a statement to some media outlets.
"The private autopsy released by the family is important and I continue to pray for them during this difficult time," Wooten said in a statement published by WAVY-TV. "However, a private autopsy is just one piece of the puzzle. The independent investigation being performed by the SBI is crucial and the interviews, forensics, and other evidence they gather will help ensure that justice is accomplished.”
The FBI announced Tuesday it was opening a civil rights investigation into the death of Brown “to determine whether federal laws were violated,” according to the Associated Press. In a statement, attorneys for Brown's family welcomed the federal probe, saying that they trusted the FBI's inquiry would "overcome any local bias that may prevent justice from being served."
On Tuesday, WAVY-TV published a video of deputies arriving at Brown's home at the beginning of the encounter. Multiple sheriff's deputies, who appear to be in helmets and full riot gear, can be seen standing in the back of the pickup as it drives down Brown's street.