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A Black man was fatally shot by a North Carolina sheriff's deputy in Elizabeth City, northeast of Raleigh, on Wednesday, igniting protests in the local community.

Details: Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said at a news briefing the State Bureau of Investigation was investigating the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr., which happened about 8:30 a.m as deputies were serving a search warrant.

  • He did not give details on the warrant, the reason it was issued, nor the circumstances of the shooting. But body cameras were activated and the officer has been placed on administrative leave, Wooten said.
  • District Attorney Andrew Womble said at the briefing that authorities wanted "accurate answers, not fast answers."

What's happening: Over 200 people rallied with Brown's family at the shooting scene and later the sheriff's office, blocking traffic in the city's main street as they demanded police release the footage, AP reports.

Of note: A day earlier, a Columbus police officer fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl — just before the verdict was announced in the Minneapolis murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, and as the nation grapples with police reform.

  • Police said she was threatening two other girls with a knife.

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Columbus police identify officer who fatally shot Black teenage girl

Students and protesters march on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Jeff Dean / AFP

Columbus police on Wednesday identified the officer who fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl, saying officer Nicholas Reardon fired his weapon after Bryant threatened two other girls with a knife.

The big picture: The new details came as members of the community "challenged official accounts of [Tuesday's] incident and demanded to know why the officer used lethal force against a young girl," the Washington Post noted.

Updated Apr 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd is the rare officer conviction

Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was shown kneeling on George Floyd's neck last year in a video that shook the nation, was found guilty of murder and manslaughter on Tuesday.

Yes, but: Eight years after the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's still rare for police officers to face legal consequences or jail time over the deaths of Black people.

Minneapolis reflects on Chauvin verdict as a step toward healing and calm

Screenshot via CNN

A growing crowd outside the Hennepin County Government Center broke out into cheers, hugs and tears of relief as word of the Derek Chauvin verdict spread just after 4pm CT.

Catch up quick: Eleven months after George Floyd died under the former Minneapolis police officer's knee, a jury of 12 neighbors returned a guilty verdict on all three counts.