Three suspects have been identified in connection with the murder of Joshua Brown, the key witness in the Amber Guyger murder trial who was shot and killed two days after testifying.
The three men allegedly traveled from Alexandria, Louisiana, to Dallas to purchase drugs from Brown, NBC reports.
Two of the suspects are in police custody while a third is still at large.
Michael Mitchell, 32, was arrested at a motel in Marksville, Louisiana, on Tuesday (October 8) evening, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steven Martel told NBC.
Mitchell was the suspected getaway driver in the Friday night slaying of Brown, who was found shot to death in a parking lot at the Dallas apartment complex where he lived.
Jacquerious Mitchell, 20, was previously arrested and is in custody at a hospital, Dallas police Assistant Chief Avery Moore said at a news conference on Tuesday, NBC reports.
It’s unclear whether Michael and Jacquerious are related.
Police said the third suspect, Thaddeous Green, 22, remains at large.
The three men traveled from Alexandria, Louisiana, to meet the 28-year-old victim in the parking lot of the Dallas apartment complex and purchase drugs from him, officials said, according to NBC.
During the alleged drug deal, an altercation ensued between Brown and Green. Brown then reportedly fired a gun, shooting Jacquerious, and Green then shot back hitting the victim twice, Chief Moore told reporters.
The three suspects then fled the scene after Green grabbed Brown’s backpack and the gun he used to shoot Jacquerious. They then dropped Jacquerious off at a hospital to seek medical attention for his wound, Moore added, according to NBC.
“As you know, there’s been speculation and rumors that have been shared by community leaders claiming that Mr. Brown’s death was related to the Amber Guyger trial and somehow the Dallas Police Department was responsible,” Moore said at the Tuesday’s news conference. “I assure you that is simply not true.”
After searching Brown’s home, police confiscated 12 pounds of marijuana, 149 grams of THC cartridges and $4,157 in cash, Moore said.
Moore also had a message for those indicating Brown’s murder was associated with the highly publicized murder trial he was a key witness in, saying, “I encourage those leaders to be mindful of their actions moving forward because their words have jeopardized the integrity of the city of Dallas as well as the Dallas Police Department.”
Mixed reactions have circulated on social media following the Dallas Police Department’s account of Brown’s death.
“I’m actually offended by how patently ridiculous this Dallas PD story is,” one woman wrote. “If Joshua Brown was a drug dealer, we woulda known already bc it would’ve come up during cross examination!”
Underground rapper Immortal Technique tweeted, “The Dallas Police now claim Joshua Brown was a weed dealer and these 3 people drove 5 hours from Louisiana and got into a shoot out over a drug deal gone bad. More likely is that Mr. Brown testified against the biggest gang in America and got a hit on him.”
“You want me, a black person, to believe that joshua brown, a black person, was a drug dealer and somehow this did not come up during the trial?” another tweeted. “No one on the defense team went looking for this to discredit his testimony?”
“This feels like an inventive way to assassinate Joshua Brown’s character,” yet another tweeted. “What’s more unlikely? Guys driving four hours to buy week, then shooting their dealer to death? Or Brown testifying in open court against a (former) cop who killed their neighbor, knowing he was a dealer?”
Another person on Twitter pointed out what was coming next for Brown, if he had lived, “For the record: #JoshuaBrown was also going to testify in the upcoming civil case against the city of Dallas and Dallas PD.”
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