$3 Million Settlement Reached in N.C. Police Shooting Death of Andrew Brown Jr.

$3 Million Settlement Reached in N.C. Police Shooting Death of Andrew Brown Jr.

The family of Andrew Brown Jr. is set to receive $3 million in a settlement awarded over a year after he was shot and killed by North Carolina police officers while sitting inside his car.

On Monday, a North Carolina sheriff’s office announced a $3 million settlement in response to the fatal police shooting of Brown, NBC News reports. The settlement comes a year after Brown’s family filed a $30 million civil rights lawsuit accusing officers of having “intentional and reckless disregard of his life.”

Police killed Brown in April 2021 while serving a drug-related arrest warrant. Brown was in his car outside his home when cops say he started to back up and move forward.

After firing several shots at and into his vehicle, Brown was killed by a bullet to the back of his head. His family referred to it as an “execution.”

Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble later ruled the shooting justifiable while claiming Brown used his car as a “deadly weapon” in an attempt to flee the scene and avoid arrest, CNN reports.

Bodycam that was released only after an outcry from the public showed that seven deputies on the scene fired a total of 14 shots at Brown.

The Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners approved the settlement. It includes a special $1 million appropriation with $2 million from the county’s insurance policy, all supplied by the North Carolina Counties Liabilities Pool.

Brown’s children will receive portions of the settlement as heirs to his estate.

“Andrew Brown Jr. was a devoted father who wanted his children to have the things he didn’t,” said a statement from the five attorneys representing his family. “While no settlement could ever fill the hole his death left in their hearts, this agreement is about providing for those children’s futures, securing their education, and ensuring their dreams didn’t die with their father.”