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Thursday, April 25 2013, 07:30 AM EDT
UPDATE: Man Suspected of Fatal Shooting of Grandson Released, Not Charged
FAIRBORN -- A Fairborn man who is accused of shooting and killing his grandson has been released from police without charges pending against him.

Police have identified the victim as 20-year-old Brandon Spencer. Neighbors say the owner of the home is James Johnson, but he goes by Sonny.

The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at 1157 Oakhill Avenue. Reporter Annette Peagler went to the home and spoke to Johnson off camera. He told Peagler he wasn't a violent person.

"The first thing I thought was Oh my God, that's Sonny because its not typical," said Retta Brooks, one of his neighbors.

Peagler asked Johnson why would he shoot his own grandson and he said, "no comment."

Spencer's body was found in Johnson's front yard. People  who live in this Fairborn neighborhood said the entire scene was odd and unlike Johnson.

"I just knew it had to been an accentuating circumstance, self defense type of thing. I just didn't think he would have did anything that would be wrong like that," said James Adkins, a neighbor. "Maybe he grabbed the gun in self defense, maybe it went off by accident but I just think he was trying to protect himself in his home."

Police said Johnson and his wife, who died a few years ago, raised Spencer. According to Fairborn Municipal Court records, Spencer was in court Monday for assault, unlawful restraint, violation of temporary protection order, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges did not involve Johnson. Spencer was a 2010 Fairborn High School graduate and worked as a waiter at TJ Chumps. The manager only had nice things to say about him.

"Great part of our team, a part of our family," said Amber Dixon, TJ Chumps manager. "A very hard working kid, we miss him. We're obviously still grieving a little big but he will be missed. He always had a big smile and an even bigger heart.

Police say it may be several days before a decision is made on filing charges against Johnson.


Earlier coverage:

FAIRBORN -- The man who is suspected of shooting his 20-year-old grandson has been released by Fairborn Police and has not been charged.

Oakhill Avenue residents called police saying a man, later identified by neighbors as James Johnson, asked them to call police because he just shot his grandson, later identified Brandon Spencer.

Police responded and said they found Spencer dead from a gunshot wound at 1157 Oakhill Avenue. They took the man, who police are not identifying, to the police department for questioning.

"The resident is cooperating with the investigation and has been released without any charges," a police statement reads. "The investigation is continuing to determine the circumstances which led up to the shooting."

Police said it might be several days before a decision is made whether charges will be filed, based upon results of the autopsy and evidence collected at the scene.

Photo courtesy Brandon Spencer/Facebook



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