CCPD: Domestic disturbance precipitated shooting death
A Cape Coral woman was shot and killed Wednesday during an alleged domestic disturbance.
At about 4:29 p.m., police responded to a domestic disturbance with injuries and shots fired at a home at 2933 S.E. Eighth Place. According to a report, officers were notified en route that Vernon Junior Brown, 58, had exchanged gunfire with his wife, Victoria Koomen Brown, 58, during the disturbance.
Officers were advised that Victoria Brown may have been shot inside of the residence.
The report states that Brown was waiting outside for police without his gun. He was taken into custody and searched. While being handcuffed, “he blurted out that he was the victim and she tried to kill him.”
Their son, Joshua Adam Brown, 34, of the same address, was also outside when police arrived. According to the report, he was upset and told officers that he had just arrived at the home.
Inside of the residence, Victoria Brown was located near the front door. She was unresponsive and appeared to have a wound near the top part of her body. A firearm was found next to her on the floor.
The report states that Victoria Brown sustained a gunshot and that the weapon was a handgun.
Medics pronounced her dead on scene at 4:40 p.m.
No one else was injured and no officers discharged their weapons.
Brown and his son were taken to the police department for questioning and later released.
“Detectives have obtained a search warrant for the residence and are in the process of serving it,” CCPD spokesman Sgt. Dana Coston said via a statement Thursday. “The investigation is ongoing.”
On Wednesday, nearby neighbors were shocked to hear of the fatal shooting.
“There’s never been any problems,” one man said, declining to provide his name.
“I’ve never seen anything negative,” he added. “They’re very quiet.”
The man noted that the couple are longtime residents of the home and that he and Brown are in the same motorcycle club. He said Brown is a retired U.S. Army veteran and former police officer.
“He’s a very even-tempered individual,” he said.
My wife’s in tears,” the man added.
Another neighbor, who also declined to provide her name, was not aware of any issues.
“Everybody was just outside barbecuing on Memorial Day,” she said.
According to Victoria Brown’s Facebook page, she and Brown married in 1978. They spent over 18 years at Fort Bragg in North Carolina while he served with the Special Forces and Special Operations.
They have three adult children and three grandchildren, who she said she cared for during the day.
Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.