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Son charged with shooting, killing mother in Alexander County

Son charged with shooting, killing mother in Alexander County

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Alexander County deputies arrested a man and charged him with the murder of his mother Wednesday.

Christopher Lee Brown, 36, of Taylorsville, is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at the Alexander County Detention Center, according to a press release from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office.

Brown had a firearm in his possession when he was taken into custody. The shooting occurred as a result of a domestic dispute, according to the release.

Brown's mother died Wednesday morning. She had multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso and arm, the release said.

The shooting occurred around 8:47 a.m. at a residence off Harbert Mountain Road, a dead-end road that connects with Mount Olive Church Road in Alexander County. The road is about 5 miles from Sugar Loaf Elementary School.

Officers responded to the residence and found a female victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported by EMS workers to a designated helicopter landing zone off of Seth Deal Lane but was pronounced dead by EMS personnel before arriving at the landing zone, the release said.

The suspect left the scene armed and in a vehicle, according to the release. Officers located a small gray hatchback vehicle at the intersection of N.C. 16 North and Mount Olive Church Road and gave chase.

The driver refused to stop and headed back toward the scene of the shooting, according to the release. The vehicle came to a stop near the residence on Harbert Mountain Road and the suspect was taken into custody.

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman thanked personnel with the Alexander County EMS, Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Sugar Loaf First Responders for their assistance in this incident.

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