Deadly Oliver Springs shooting called ‘self-defense’

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By Damon Lawrence

Police said a father acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his son on Sunday.
The incident happened at 1678 Old Harriman Hwy., Oliver Springs.
State property records list Vincent and Sandra Brown as owners of the home.
According to E-911 call records, Josh Brown told dispatchers that his father Vincent shot his brother Michael in the chest.
Michael, 36, did not survive.
“Based on the information we got at the scene, the gentleman that’s deceased, whenever he approached the residence, he drove up the driveway, drove through the garage door into the house,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. 
Phillips said Josh and Michael then got into a confrontation.
“Josh apparently fired a warning shot into the basement floor and said, ‘You need to go on,’” Phillips said. “He turned around to go call 911.”
Phillips said that’s when Michael went upstairs and began assaulting his father.
“Apparently from what we gathered, Michael was choking his father and had him down on the ground,” Phillips said. “The father fired a warning shot, and Michael still wouldn’t stop. He (Vincent) ended up shooting him.”
Vincent has not been charged.
“Under the Castle Doctrine, you have the right to protect yourself in your own home, whether it’s family or strangers,” Phillips said.
Phillips said he went to school with Michael and called what happened Sunday a sad situation.
“Everything thing I’ve been told and based on the autopsy, Vince did everything he could do to keep from shooting his son,” Phillips said.
Michael was charged with aggravated assault and domestic assault in separate incidents that occurred on Oct. 19.
Josh and Vincent were the alleged victims.
According to the warrant on the domestic assault charge, Vincent told police that Michael got mad because he wouldn’t give him money to buy drugs.
“The victim stated that Michael became very angry and started punching him in the face,” the warrant said. “The victim stated he tried to get away from him, but he pushed him down in the driveway.”
Josh and Michael reportedly got into a fight after Josh went to his father’s aid.  
“Michael has shown a pattern of assaulting his father and the same thing transpired this (Sunday) time,” Phillips said. 
The warrant on the aggravated assault charge said Michael was yelling and breaking things in the house, and Josh told Michael he was going to call the police if he didn’t stop. 
“The victim stated that the offender picked up a large knife and came at him and cut his chest,” the warrant said. “The victim stated he picked up his handgun and fired one shot into the floor and told the offender to get back.”