"I thought my dad was going to kill me"
When Nevada County Sheriff’s investigators handcuffed a young man at a Cedar Ridge home Sunday, he told investigators, “I thought my dad was going to kill me,” a Sheriff’s spokesman said today.
Franklin Henderson Brown V, 26, is in county jail on suspicion of shooting his father, Franklin Henderson Brown IV, 53, in the chest on Sunday, officers said.
“There aren’t a whole lot of questions. It’s pretty clear-cut,” Sheriff’s Capt. Ron Smith said. “We’ve got the gun. There’s one bullet that’s been fired from it.”
Deputies found the elder Brown lying on his back at his home on the 13000 block of Cedar Ridge Drive. The victim had called emergency dispatch at 2:41 p.m., Sunday, saying his son had shot him in the chest during an argument.
After the deputies arrived, the younger Brown ” who already had told neighbors about the shooting ” motioned to them to come over to him, Lt. Bill Evans said. The younger man pointed to a tree about 50 yards away where he had hidden a .38-caliber revolver.
As Sgt. Bill Smethers handcuffed the younger Brown, he told Smethers, “‘I thought my dad was going to kill me,'” Evans said.
The senior Brown was pronounced dead by rescue workers of the Ophir Hill Fire Protection District also responding to the scene, Evans said.
But before he died, the elder Brown called emergency dispatch. In a very calm voice, he told the dispatcher, “‘My son just shot me in the chest with a .38 revolver. We were fighting and I’m probably going to die,'” Evans said.
There were other guns in the house, Evans said, but he would not say where they were found nor whether the elder Brown was armed.
After obtaining a search warrant near midnight Sunday, Sheriff’s investigators worked at the crime scene until dawn today.
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