Prosecutors Office: Muskegon Shooting Death Was a Result Of The “Defense Of Others”

Posted at 12:43 PM, Aug 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-29 13:01:10-04

alex brownMUSKEGON,Mich. — According to the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office the July shooting in Muskegon the left one person dead and another injured was the result of the “defense of others” under the self-defense doctrine. According to a report from the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office a video of the incident provides a clear picture of the events that lead to the death of Alexis Brown and the critical injury of Carmesha Rogers.

The report says: “The video shows that there were many individuals present and several of the individuals were armed with handguns, including Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown is seen on the video holding two handguns, one in each hand, before any shots are fired.

The video also shows two individuals fist fighting in the roadway.  Mr. Brown, along with others, are seen watching the fist fight.  A third person runs towards the two men fighting and punches one of the subjects from behind.  None of the three fist fighters appear to be armed.

Immediately as the third subject engages in the fist fight, Alexis Brown is seen taking several steps towards the three fighters, raising a hand gun in each hand, and pointing the guns in the direction of the three men who are fighting.  Mr. Brown gets within approximately 5 feet of the three men who are fighting.  Within less than a second of Mr. Brown raising his guns, at least one gun shot is heard.  Mr. Brown is seen falling to the ground with his guns still in each hand.  Many gunshots are then heard in rapid succession. ”

The key part of the video shows that immediately before Mr. Brown was shot, Mr. Brown raised two guns towards at least one of the three subjects that was fist fighting.  This action by Mr. Brown constituted imminent and deadly force directed at another.

The investigation also conclusively shows that the bullet that struck Carmesha Rogers in the head was fired by Alexis Brown immediately after he was shot.  The video shows Mr. Brown pointing his two hand guns in the general direction of where Ms. Rogers was found critically injured. It is conclusive that the bullet that struck Ms. Rogers was fired by Mr. Brown.