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REUTERSThe death of Andrew Brown, the 42-year-old Black man who was fatally shot last month while trying to drive away from sheriff’s deputies executing a search and arrest warrant, “was justified,” North Carolina officials have determined.During a Tuesday press conference, Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble said that the seven officers who opened fire on Brown on April 21 will not be prosecuted because they “reasonably believed that the deadly force was justified.”“Mr. Brown’s death, while tragic, was justified, because Mr. Brown’s actions caused three deputies with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others,” Womble said.Body-Cam Footage Shows Andrew Brown Jr. ‘Ambushed’ by Police, Lawyers SayWomble’s conclusion comes at the end of the investigation into the shooting conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, which determined that officers came into the arrest with caution after a long drug-related investigation into Brown, who was a “known drug dealer.” Womble said that before the arrest, deputies had conducted controlled buys of heroin and cocaine from Brown.The shocking revelation comes just a week after new body-camera footage was shown to the Brown family and their legal team, which they said shows Pasquotank County sheriff’s deputies “standing on the pavement unloading their weapons” while he is trying to drive away. Lawyers for Brown’s family have previously asked Womble to recuse himself from the investigation because of his ties to the sheriff’s department and to ensure fairness and transparency.Outside the press conference in the Public Safety Building in Elizabeth City, dozens of protesters chanted “No Justice, No Peace!”More to come...Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.