A MAN was allegedly shot and killed by cops who had been called to search his home in North Carolina.
Relatives identified the man as Andrew Brown, 40, who lived in Elizabeth City.
Who was Andrew Brown?
Andrew Brown was a 40-year-old man and a dad of 10.
He lived in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Mr Brown was reportedly shot dead by cops around 8.30am on Wednesday as he drove away from them, witnesses claimed.
His relative Jadine Hampton said Mr Brown as a "great storyteller like a comedian" and had a "beautiful smile, infectious laugh".
She told Heavy: "[He was a] wonderful father, who pushed his kids to be honor roll students even though he never finished school.
"He loved his family and would do anything to help. A huge heart. Never known to be violent or carry a gun that I’m aware.
"He will be missed and my family is heartbroken over this."
She also wrote on Facebook: "My cousin is gone. Body still there and this happened hours ago.
"The last time I saw my cousin in October, we talked more than we ever have. Lots of laughs. Now I know why. R.I.P. Jr."
Why was Andrew Brown shot?
Mr Brown was reportedly shot as he drove away from cops, according to neighbours.
Officers were called to the home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to carry out a search warrant.
In a statement, the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department said: "During the execution of the search warrant, a citizen who was subject to the search warrant was shot and fatally wounded."
Neighbour Demetria Williams claimed Mr Brown was shot by deputies multiple times as he drove away from the house.
She told AP: "When they opened the door he was already dead. He was slumped over."
Neighbours claimed they heard up to eight shots being fired.
Mr Brown's family said that he didn't carry a gun and that he didn't hurt anyone, local media reported.
Sheriff Tommy Wooten said that a Pasquotank County Deputy had shot his gun, and there was body camera footage of the incident.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the incident, and an emergency meeting was called by the city council.
Mr Brown's body was placed under a blue tent after he was shot.
North Carolina district attorney Andrew Womble said he wanted accurate information on exactly what had happened and that he wouldn't rush to judgement.
Elizabeth City councilman Darius Horton said: "There’s a lot of speculation… We demand answers here, that’s why we have been elected to talk to the people, to give them answers.”
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