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Brown, 42, was shot and killed by deputies serving warrants at his home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on April 21. The events surrounding his death prompted protests due to his family claiming he was ambushed by authorities. An autopsy found that Brown died from a fatal gunshot wound to the back of his head.


Brown, 42, was killed by deputies as he sat in his car on the morning of April 21. According to the initial autopsy, authorities fired several shots with five of them striking Brown in the back and a fatal one to the back of his head. Womble claims Brown's vehicle made contact with officers before the killing. 


On Tuesday, the FBI said is has opened a civil rights investigation into Brown's death to determine whether federal laws were violated. The agency said it will work with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina to assess the case and the role played by deputies. They provided no further comment about the case, citing the ongoing investigation.