Two North Carolina police officers shot dead Andrew Brown Jr. on his way back to work, and a third planned to resign, authorities said on Friday.
Pasquotank County supporters Daniel Meads, Robert Morgan and Aaron Lewellyn were placed on administrative leave following the April 21 death of Brown, who was shot dead in his car station while deputies tried to file a warrant for his arrest on drug charges.
The death of a 42-year-old black man has sparked protests in the state and calls for justice.
The Pasquotank Court Sheriff's Office said Mead returned to work on Tuesday and Morgan returned on Wednesday. Lewellyn said he would resign on June 30 and would use the leave until then, the office said in a Facebook statement.
Sheriff Tommy Wooten said a total of 10 executives were involved in issuing a letter authorizing Brown's home in Elizabeth City. Three people left the army, but their resignation was not linked to the shooting, a police spokesman said.
Andrew Brown Jr. Ben Crump Law / by Reuters
The other four deputies involved returned to work in late April after a short break.
"After reviewing the initial conclusions of the independent investigators conducting internal reviews, and after carefully examining the camera images of the incident with my staff, it is clear that the four managers did not shoot their weapons and deserved to be reinstated," Wooten said at the time.
None of the deputies involved will be charged. Prosecutors said last month the deputies had a reason to shoot and kill Brown.
"No officers will be charged with criminal offenses. The actions of these officers have been consistent with their training and are fully supported under the law," said Attorney General Andrew Womble.
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He added that authorities wanted to arrest Brown the night before the shooting but he did not return home. When the deputies met Brown in his car, he used the car as a lethal weapon, he said.
"The deputies were facing serious danger as they saw at the scene," Womble said. "This threat was intensified by Brown's use of dangerous and dangerous weapons. As tragic as the death toll, deputies at the scene were charged with self-defense of death or serious bodily harm."
The DA went on to cite a criminal law that gives police the opportunity to use force to kill a fleeing suspect.
"If it is found that there is a threat ... and the officers shoot the first gun, if the first gun has a reason, the last one is valid until the threat is extinguished," Womble said.
Brown's family denied Womble's allegations, saying he had done nothing but "clear" the facts of the case.
"Andrew Brown Jr., his grieving family and this community deserve answers," a family statement said last month.