Speculation Runs High After Police Arrest Suspect In Shooting Death Of Joshua Brown
Dallas police officers have made an arrest in the shooting of Joshua Brown, a key witness for the prosecution in the Amber Guyger murder trial, NBC News reports.
According to police officials, Brown’s death was the result of a drug deal gone wrong, but the details have definitely spurred interest from social media who staunchly believe Brown’s is liked to his involvement with the trial.
On Tuesday police named three suspects, Jacquerious Mitchell, 20; Michael Mitchell, 32; and Thaddeous Green, 22, who according to police, drove four hours from Alexandria, Louisiana to Dallas, Texas, to purchase drugs from Brown.
Jacquerious Mitchell was placed in custody at a nearby hospital and informed officers of Michael and Thaddeous’ involvement in the shooting. According to Jacquerious Mitchell, Green got into a physical confrontation with Brown during the exchange and shot him twice in the lower body. Brown then reportedly fired back, striking Jacquerious in the chest. Green allegedly took Brown’s backpack and the gun used to shoot Jacquerious and fled the scene. The group reportedly made one stop and dropped Jacquerious off at a local hospital.
Officers have issued a warrant for the other two suspects at large, who they describe as armed and dangerous.
Police confiscated 12 pounds of marijuana, 149 grams of THC cartridges and $4,157 in cash from Brown’s apartment, Dallas Assistant Police Chief Avery Moore revealed during a Tuesday press conference.
“The rumors shared by community leaders that Mr. Brown’s death was related to the Amber Guyger trial and that the Dallas Police Department was responsible are false,” Moore said. “We encourage those leaders to be mindful because their words may jeopardize the integrity of the city of Dallas and Dallas Police Department.”
S. Lee Merritt, the lawyer for the Jean family, who has also now been retained to represent Brown’s family has asked that the Dallas Police Department recuse themselves from the investigation.
A statement from the Brown family backs Merrit’s request.
“This family and their representatives have consciously avoided speculating about law enforcement involvement in this tragedy, however, due to the proximity of this murder with the trial of Amber Guyger–rumors remain abound,” the statement reads.
“It will be nearly impossible to conduct a reliable investigation in a climate where the investigating agency has been implicated in the murder itself. That implication naturally stems from a trial where a Dallas Police officer was convicted of murder and other DPD officers were shown to have participated in condemnable behavior in destroying evidence and interfering with the investigation,” the statement continues.
Brown lived across the hall in the same apartment complex as Botham Jean, a 26-year-old man who was shot and killed by ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger. Guyger claims she mistakenly entered the apartment and was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week during a highly publicized trial.
Social media continues to speculate on the supposed details surrounding Tuesday’s arrest.