Thursday, June 14, 2007
Officer Shoots Wife, Self
By Laura Nesbitt
Mountain View Telegraph
An off-duty police officer chased down his estranged wife and shot her twice, critically wounding the woman, before taking his own life in McIntosh on Sunday.
Jeremy Jay Brown, 36, of Tijeras was dead when officers arrived soon after receiving a 911 call Sunday afternoon. Debra Brown was shot in the head and the abdomen and remained in critical condition Tuesday.
The 911 call was placed from a cell phone and first routed to Santa Rosa emergency dispatchers, who had to determine where the residence was located, according to Sgt. Heath White of the Torrance County Sheriff's Department.
State Police were notified and asked Torrance County for assistance on the call.
Sheriff Clarence Gibson and two deputies were working on a roof two or three miles away, White said, and they responded to the scene within 11/2 minutes after receiving the call.
According to White:
Jeremy Brown, a patrol officer with the Laguna police for three months, had arrived at the residence of his estranged wife, Debra, that morning to return an item. When he arrived, Jeremy Brown discovered that his wife's boyfriend, Dane Morris, had spent the night. Brown then left, and returned around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Debra Brown went outside the residence and the two got into an argument. Morris stayed inside the home, but Jeremy Brown pushed Debra away and went inside the house.
Brown "got Morris down on his hands and knees" and pointed the gun at him. White said Morris had slight bruising where the barrel of the gun was pressed against the back of his head, but he sustained no serious injuries.
The conversation between Jeremy Brown and Morris became heated, and at that point Debra Brown tried to stop her estranged husband by distracting him and running out of the house. Morris was left kneeling on his hands and knees.
Brown ran after the woman, who ran to a neighbor's house, and shot her once in the abdomen. She made it to the front door of the residence but the door was locked. Brown shot her again in the head.
Brown then walked outside the enclosed porch area of the neighbor's house and shot himself on the steps. He was dead on the scene when the officers arrived.
The couple, who were estranged for at least four to six months, have two children. The minors were staying with relatives and were not present during the incident.
According to an obituary received by the Telegraph on Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy Brown has numerous relatives in Moriarty, Edgewood and Tijeras.