A series of increasingly violent incidents culminated in the death
of a former handyman who broke into the home of a previous employer
and his wife. James Butler returned fire, killing David Brown after
Brown shot the couple. The incident occurred around 11 p.m. when
Brown entered the house, armed with a handgun and rifle. He shot
Butler once in the neck, and Butler's wife, Suzanne, in the arm.
Butler managed to reach a handgun he kept in the home and shot
Brown several times. Butler told police he had hired Brown to do
odd jobs a few years ago. Last year Brown was seen peering in the
Butlers' windows, behavior which subsequently escalated to threats,
unwanted phone calls and break-ins. Brown had previously been
charged with assaulting Mrs. Butler on Christmas Eve when she came
home and discovered him in the house.
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