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Family: Man fatally shot in Rusk County walked into wrong house

By Meredith Shamburger
Dec. 20, 2016 at 11:40 a.m.

Samuel Andrew Brown (photo from Facebook)

A Longview man was killed Saturday in Rusk County after he mistakenly walked into the wrong house and was shot by the homeowner, his family said Tuesday.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office confirmed deputies responded to a shooting just before midnight on Saturday after Samuel Andrew Brown, 20, had entered a home on County Road 102 West Henderson without the owner’s consent.

The sheriff’s office said the homeowner, who was only identified as a 51-year-old white man, advised Brown to stop and the shot Brown once when Brown failed to heed his command. Brown was struck by a single gunshot to the chest, the sheriff’s office said.

Brown was pronounced dead by Rusk County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Jackie Risinger. An autopsy has been ordered, and the investigation will be presented to a grand jury to see if any charges are warranted, the sheriff’s office said.

Family members of Brown said Tuesday morning they have not gotten a lot of details from the sheriff’s office. What they have learned from investigators and Brown’s friends is that Brown had been drinking at a friend’s house. While intoxicated, Brown apparently became angry and left the house to cool down, father Lee Brown said.

At some point, Lee Brown said, his son went back to the house — but it turned out to be a neighbor’s house, not the friend’s house.

Brown’s family say that although drinking most likely clouded his judgment, they don’t believe Brown had any criminal intent in entering the neighbor’s house. Brown did not forcibly break into the house, from what they have been told, Lee Brown said, and the two houses are very similar in description and size.

“We just believe he came into the wrong house,” Lee Brown said.

Brown was the youngest of four children, with two older sisters and an older brother. Lee Brown said his son was very active in church.

“He was very loved,” Lee Brown said. “He was also a believer.”

Lee Brown said Tuesday his family is grieving, but they don’t feel any malice toward the homeowner.

“We grieve over the situation,” he said. “It’s a tragedy not only for him, his family and his friends, but also for the homeowner.”

A GoFundMe has been set up for Samuel Brown’s family at gofundme.com/samuels-memorial-fund.

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