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Van Zandt Co. home owner kills armed individual

VAN ZANDT CO., April 11, 2014— During the late night hours of April 9, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and Van Zandt County Precinct 4 Constable Pat Jordan responded to a shooting in rural southeast Van Zandt County.

Upon arrival, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Investigators determined that around 10:30 p.m., an individual, later identified as Michael Todd Brown, age 40, of Canton, drove to the rural home near Ben Wheeler, apparently got out of his vehicle, and began randomly shooting a 9.mm handgun and threatening the home owner.

The homeowner advised deputies that Brown had been at the home earlier and had been instructed to leave the property and not return.

Investigators believe Brown returned to the home intending to assault the homeowner. After hearing the shooting outside of his home, Investigators believe the homeowner went outside and confronted the armed intruder in the front yard in a second effort to make him leave the property. Brown, who was currently on probation for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, is believed by peace officers to have been under the influence of Methamphetamine. According to investigators, Brown seemingly attempted to lure the homeowner into a confrontation.

Investigators believe the homeowner was forced into a life threatening altercation, requiring him to shoot the intruder.

The Texas Rangers were called in to assist the Sheriff’s Office with the ongoing investigation.

Van Zandt County Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray stated, “It is sad and unfortunate that another law-abiding citizen was forced into a situation where he had to shoot and kill another individual in self-defense. It’s becoming painfully apparent that decent people are tired of the drug addicts, the drug dealers, burglars, rapists, and thieves who wreak havoc in our community.”

This case will be forwarded to the Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for Grand Jury referral.


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