Victim had previous encounters with police |

Victim had previous encounters with police

Shooting victim Franklin Henderson Brown IV was arrested Dec. 20, 2006, after he crashed his Ford F250 truck into his neighbor’s tree on Cedar Ridge Drive.

“If the tree hadn’t been there, he would have been in the kitchen,” neighbor Tim Boom told The Union.

As he was about to be booked into jail on suspicion of drunken driving in connection with that crash, Brown told jail staff that he was hiding a loaded minirevolver behind his scrotum, held in place by his briefs.

Brown was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, carrying a loaded firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle or on a person.

He was not charged with the felony of bringing a weapon into jail because he revealed it before he was booked.

According to court records, Brown has never been convicted of a felony in Nevada County. Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Evans said Brown moved here from Rifle, Colo., several years ago.

Two months after the accident, the district attorney charged Brown with drunken driving, drunken driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, obstructing, resisting or delaying a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon.

On Jan. 26, he was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.

He was scheduled to be arraigned in court for the drunken driving and concealed weapon charges on Feb. 13, but he failed to appear, and a judge issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm or call 477-4236.

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