Storyteller, a man killed by an adjutant recalled as a joke star

Elizabeth City, NC (AP) — Andrew Brown Jr.’s peaceful smile, believing in hardship, loss, and legal issues, was impressive in his dimples, his relatives said. He immediately joked at a family gathering that he tried not to miss after losing his parents. He encouraged the children to get good grades, even though he dropped out of high school himself. Above all, he decided to give them a better life than he had.

A 42-year-old man living in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was shot dead on Wednesday by a deputy sheriff trying to provide a search warrant. Witnesses said Brown tried to get rid of him, but was shot dead in his car. The shooting caused about 18,000 protests and accountability demands in cities in eastern North Carolina. The unidentified lieutenant is on leave until a state investigation is conducted.

According to his aunt Glenda Brown Thomas, despite his painful life, Brown was partially paralyzed on the right side by accidental shooting and lost his eyes when stabbed. ..

“He laughed and smiled nicely. Thomas said in an interview Thursday the day after his nephew was killed,” he had good dimples. ” It’s a good joke. “

His cousin Jardine Matheson said Brown often entertained relatives with his humorous stories at family gatherings. A photo shared by Thomas with an AP reporter shows him smiling at a church ceremony held to honor his grandmother as a woman this year.

“A wonderful heart,” said 51-year-old Hampton, who lives in Atlanta. “It’s like a comedian telling a live story of what happened, so everyone just waited to hear him.”

Hampton said Brown was the proud father of several children.

“He didn’t graduate from school, but he urged them to graduate,” she said. “I think some of them were honor students.”

According to court records, Brown has a history of criminal accusations dating back to the 1990s, including convictions for possession of misdemeanor drugs and felony drug charges.

According to Thomas, his mother was killed in Florida when he was 12 or 13. Shortly thereafter, he dropped out of school around the 10th grade. She said her nephew was a good basketball player, but had reading comprehension problems. A few years ago, his father died in federal prison after medical treatment, Thomas said.

Thomas said Brown had a hard time keeping up with his own problems with drugs and law. But she said she was still finding ways to make money to help her children, such as card games and shooting pools. She said he sent money to his father every month when the older man was in jail.

Another aunt, Martha McAllen, who helped raise Brown in the absence of her parents, said it was difficult to find a job in Elizabeth City, where one in five lives in poverty, especially in the criminal record.

“They are convicted … they can’t get a job,” she said. “It’s crazy.”

Despite Brown’s past legal issues, some relatives and friends said he was unaware that Brown was a violent person.

“No matter what his past reflects, it doesn’t give him (vice) the right to shoot him, a period,” said Daniel Bauser, who said he had been friends with Brown for thirty years. ..

Authorities say almost nothing about how the shooting happened and do not reveal what the search warrant is for. The state investigation agency submits the findings to the district attorney Andrew Womble. He said on Wednesday that he was looking for an “accurate” answer rather than a “quick” answer.

Witnesses said lawmakers fired at Brown many times as he tried to drive him away. Demetria Williams, who lives on the same street, said the car slipped out of Brown’s yard and eventually hit a tree. Automobile authorities removed from the scene appeared to have multiple bullet holes.

The lieutenant wore an active body camera, but it hasn’t been released yet. In North Carolina, judges usually need to approve the release of police videos, and no schedule is given.

“We’re waiting for body camera footage because we don’t really know what happened,” said Brown’s cousin Hampton. “But if this is the case when he is killed, fleeing, and unarmed, we will pursue justice with absolutely as much ability as possible.”


Kunzelman reported from College Park, Maryland.