Argument preceded New Haven slaying

September 22, 2018

When Wiley Brown III came home around 1:30 a.m., he and his wife began arguing.

Court documents filed Friday said the couple’s two children were home when Courtney Marie Brown was shot and killed early Thursday.

When the argument escalated and as their two daughters, 5 and 2 years old, were sleeping, Wiley Brown, 26, started crying, he told police. Courtney, 24, hugged him, but he pushed her off, court documents said.

Brown grabbed his wife’s gun from the closet, put it to his head and thought about committing suicide, he told investigators.

He shot the floor once. His wife tried to take the gun from him and grabbed his left hand. Brown fired twice and saw one of the rounds hit her forehead, court documents said.

After she collapsed on the floor, Wiley Brown called his father and asked him to pick up his sleeping daughters and take them to his house, which his father did.

Court documents did not say whether he told his father what had just happened.

Brown then drove to a friend’s house and stayed two to three minutes, telling his friend what he’d done. Then, he made the short drive to the New Haven Police Department where he turned himself in around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

“I killed my wife,” he told an officer.

Officers arrived at the home at 1924 Medford Drive in New Haven and found the front door wide open. A male wedding ring, handgun and spent shell casings were next to Courtney Brown’s body, court documents said.

Asked by a detective what his wife was saying as she tried to wrest the gun from his hand, Brown said she kept repeating his name. He said he didn’t know why she was attempting to get the gun out of his hand.

Brown was being held without bail at the Allen County Jail, charged with murder.

Services for Courtney Marie Ertel-Brown will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home at 1140 Lake Ave.

Calling will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorial contributions can be made to her children in care of Shawna Gunder, according to her obituary. 


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