North Carolina News – May 3

North Carolina News – May 3


Mourners gathering Monday for funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Mourners are gathering for the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man shot and killed by deputies in North Carolina. The invitation-only service at noon Monday in a church in Elizabeth City follows public viewings a day earlier. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy, and other speakers include civil rights attorney Ben Crump and the Rev. William Barber II, who leads the Poor People’s campaign. The 42-year-old Brown was shot and killed on April 21 by deputies attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants. His death sparked days of protests in the city in rural northeastern North Carolina.


Former US Attorney Murray named acting DA in 3 NC counties

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The most recent U.S. attorney for western North Carolina is filling a district attorney’s position vacated last week when a judge removed the DA from office for “willful misconduct.” Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Monday his appointment of Andrew Murray as the acting local prosecutor for Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties. Murray is a former Mecklenburg County district attorney who in 2017 was nominated and later confirmed to be the top federal prosecutor out of Charlotte. The state constitution directs the governor to fill DA vacancies. The position won’t be up for election again until November 2022.


Helicopter pilot killed in North Carolina crash

WINGATE, N.C. (AP) — A helicopter pilot has died after a crash in North Carolina. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said the helicopter was reportedly cropdusting fields when it became tangled in power lines. The crash occurred Sunday near Bell Mill Road near Wingate, a few miles southeast of Charlotte. The sheriff’s office said the pilot was the only person aboard the helicopter when it crashed. No further information was immediately available Sunday afternoon.


Police charge 2 with shooting each other at N. Carolina mall

PINEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say two men who shot each other in a confrontation at a North Carolina shopping mall are facing criminal charges. Pineville Police said Sunday they have charged both 32-year-old Kevion Harris and 24-year-old Jamie G’Vantay Williams with assault with a deadly weapon and firearms possession by a convicted felon. Police evacuated the Carolina Place Mall Saturday afternoon when the shooting broke out. Both men were injured, and police said Sunday they are recovering from their injuries at hospitals. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening. No other injuries were reported.


Use-of-force cases prompt state debates over officer records

DENVER (AP) — Lawmakers in more than 20 states have considered bills this year to make the disciplinary records of police officers public. The push comes amid high-profile deaths at the hands of law enforcement. Such records are shielded from the news media and the public in about 20 states. At least 16 states have contemplated making the records public. Eight have looked into making them accessible to other law enforcement agencies as a way to prevent officers with a history of misconduct in one city from being hired in another.


Mourners attend viewing for man shot by N. Carolina deputies

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to a North Carolina man whose shooting at the hands of sheriff’s deputies has triggered a wave of protests. Public viewings were held Sunday for Andrew Brown Jr. in Hertford and then in Elizabeth City, where Brown was shot by Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies serving warrants. An autopsy conducted by Brown’s family found he was shot in the back of his head. His family and protesters are demanding release of police camera footage. News outlets report that dozens of people attended the viewing in Hertford and hundreds attended the Elizabeth City viewing. An invitation-only funeral is scheduled for Monday.


1 shot at Charlotte-area mall; no arrests reported

PINEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say one person has been shot inside a Charlotte-area mall. The Carolina Place Mall was evacuated, and Pineville police tweeted Saturday evening that officers had finished clearing the mall. No arrests were immediately reported. Mecklenburg County EMS said the shooting victim was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. A second person was also taken to a hospital for a non-life-threatening medical complaint. Authorities did not say what prompted the shooting. Police Chief Michael Hudgins told WCNC-TV they do not currently believe the shooting was random. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it is helping local authorities with the investigation.


Sheriff: Boone shooter attacked father days earlier

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman says the shooter who killed two deputies and two civilians in Boone this week also threatened his father with a knife recently. The alleged assault prompted Isaac Alton Barnes’ family to go to a magistrate for assistance. The father also called the county sheriff’s office for help. Barnes, his mother and stepfather were found dead after a 13-hour standoff with police. Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox were killed in the line of duty. A service for the fallen officers will be held in Boone on Thursday. Hagaman says Barnes had a “large cache” of weapons and could have killed more people through a mass shooting targeting the general public.

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