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Police: Round Rock man would have shot at them but mom told him not to


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James Brown told police he put down shotgun at his mother’s request, affidavit said

Round Rock police find loaded shotgun and 55 rounds of ammo in Brown’s room, affidavit says

Round Rock police found a loaded shotgun and 55 rounds of ammunition inside a house Sunday after arresting a man who told them he intended to shoot them, according to an arrest affidavit.

James Brown, 35, was charged with two counts of assault on a public servant, public intoxication and possession of marijuana. The assault charges are third-degree felonies punishable by up to 10 years in jail. The other charges are misdemeanors.

Brown’s father called police at 6:04 p.m. Sunday asking them to arrest his son because he believed his son was going to kill him, the affidavit said.

Police knew Brown had a shotgun but did not know if he was armed when officers arrived outside a house in the 600 block of Sweetgum Lane, according to the affidavit.

It said officers found Brown standing in the front yard and demanding for police to use their Tasers on him. Brown told the officers he had been armed with a shotgun with at least 55 rounds and “intended on shooting responding officers,” the affidavit said.

“He advised he only put it down at the urging of his mother,” according to the affidavit. It said Brown became more upset as more officers arrived and began to “sway side to side taking an attack posture” toward two police officers.

Brown said he had no weapons and then lowered himself and charged at one of the officers, the affidavit said. That officer struck Brown with his elbow while another office tried to tackle Brown, the affidavit said.

Police handcuffed Brown a short time later. The affidavit said Brown then told the first police officer who had arrived at the scene “he could have murdered him and only put the gun down at the urging of his mother who he greatly respects.”

Police entered the home where Brown lived with his parents and found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a bandolier with 55 rounds of 12-gauge ammunition in Brown’s room, the affidavit said. A bandolier is a shoulder belt with pockets for cartridges.

The shotgun had six rounds of ammunition in it and “appeared ready to fire” because the gun’s safety was not on, according to the affidavit.

Brown’s room was in the front part of the house, giving Brown a “clear line of sight” to where the first officer who arrived at the scene parked his patrol car across the street, the affidavit said. Officers were unable to see into Brown’s room because of mirrored film covering most of the windows, the affidavit said.

Brown had “an obvious advantage and clear ability to fire” at the police officer who first arrived at the house “had his mother not convinced him otherwise,” according the affidavit.

Brown posted bond on $25,250 bail but it was unclear Tuesday whether he had been released yet from the Williamson County Jail, according to the Williamson County website.



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