On Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at approximately 8:47 AM, Alexander County 911 Communications received a call of a shooting that had occurred at a residence off of Harbert Mountain Road on Mount Olive Church Road in the Sugar Loaf community of Alexander County. Officers responded to the residence, where they discovered a female victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso and arm. Information received was that the suspect had left the scene armed and in a vehicle. A description was given to responding officers of a small gray hatchback vehicle. Officers located the vehicle en route to the scene at the intersection of NC Hwy 16 North and Mount Olive Church Rd. Officers gave chase to the vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop and headed back toward the scene of the shooting on Harbert Mountain Rd. Officers pursued the vehicle until it came to a stop near the residence on Harbert Mountain Rd, where the suspect was placed into custody. The suspect was identified as Christopher Lee Brown, W/M, age 36 of Taylorsville. The suspect was also identified as the son of the victim. Brown had a firearm in his possession when he was taken into custody. Further investigation showed that the shooting occurred as a result of a domestic dispute.
Alexander County EMS transported the victim to a designated helicopter landing zone off of Seth Deal Ln in the Sugar Loaf Community. The victim was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel before being arriving at the landing zone.
Brown was transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he has been charged with First Degree Murder. He is being held without bond in the Alexander County Detention Center and has a first appearance date of October 19, 2020 in Alexander County District Court.
Sheriff Bowman would like to thank Alexander County EMS, Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Sugar Loaf First Responders for their assistance in this incident.