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

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

According to our newspaper partner, the Longview News-Journal, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Roberts confirmed a shooting took place, but he said he is waiting to release any details about the incident — including when and where it happened — until investigators finish deciding what information can be released to the public. Information is expected to be released Tuesday afternoon.

Family members of Samuel Andrew Brown, 20, say 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. The homeowner confronted Brown and told him to stop, but Brown did not heed the homeowner’s warning, Lee Brown said.

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.

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

Read the full report on the Longview News-Journal’s website.

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