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Shooting appears self-defense

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Tragic news came to Glenn Brown on Saturday with a knock at his door.

A neighbor ran to Brown's home to tell him his 20-year-old son, Kelvin Lynn Brown, was lying shot nearby.

His son died from the wounds.

"I never imagined to hear news like that," Glenn Brown said Monday.

The unnamed man who shot and killed Kelvin Brown apparently was acting in self-defense, Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said.

Bruce said police have not charged the man and are not releasing his name "for safety reasons."

"They both lived in the neighborhood, and we'll discuss (Tuesday) whether to release his name," Bruce said.

Police received a 911 call at 5:46 p.m. to 121 Scotland Drive. Kelvin Brown, who lived with his father at 108 McClint St., was lying in a yard across from the shooter's home, Bruce said.

Bruce said Kelvin Brown was at the Scotland Drive resident's home, and the resident asked Brown to leave.

"They began arguing because Brown wouldn't leave," Bruce said.

Both men had weapons, Bruce said. The Scotland Drive resident had a 9 mm handgun and Brown a .25-caliber handgun. The shooting occurred in the driveway.

"Witnesses say Brown shot first," Bruce said. "Self-defense is a factor."

Brown did not hit the Scotland Drive resident, Bruce said.

Glenn Brown said his son wasn't a violent person. He loved sports and had played football at Athens High. Glenn Brown said his son was unemployed but was looking for work.

"He was a good kid," Glenn Brown said. "I don't know what happened. I don't know if he and this person (who shot him) had gotten into before."

Bruce said Kelvin Brown had three wounds. A doctor pronounced him dead at Athens-Limestone Hospital. The body is undergoing an autopsy.

Bruce said police will tell the grand jury what investigators uncovered about the shooting, and the grand jury will determine if the evidence warrants a charge against the Scotland Drive resident.

Bruce did not know when the next grand jury will convene.

Glenn Brown did not express disappointment that police have not arrested his son's shooter.

"I'm just waiting on the grand jury," he said.

The family is making funeral arrangements through People's Funeral Home.

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