The man, identified by relatives as Andrew Brown, 40, was driving away from officers in Elizabeth City when they shot him around 8:30 a.m., according to police and local TV station WAVY.
“During the execution of the search warrant, a citizen who was subject to the search warrant was shot and fatally wounded,” the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will take over the probe, according to the sheriff, and the city council has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday evening. The sheriff’s department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At an afternoon press briefing, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said the deputy was equipped with a bodycam and that it was on at the time — but would not say when it might be released.
The sheriff did confirm that Brown was the victim.
“The sheriff’s office has complete trust in the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation and its ability to complete this investigation,” Wooten said.
“The sheriff’s office will be transparent and take the proper actions based on the findings of the SBI’s investigation.”