Dallas, TX – The prosecution’s star witness against former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger was murdered 10 days after he testified by three Louisiana men to whom he was dealing drugs.
Dallas Police Assistant Chief Avery Moore made it very clear to reporters at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that 28-year-old Joshua Brown’s murder on Friday night was a drug deal gone bad.
“As you know, there’s been speculation and rumors that have been shared by community leaders claiming that Mr. Brown’s death was related to the Amber Guyger trial and somehow, the Dallas Police Department was responsible,” Chief Moore said.
“I assure you that is simply not true,” the chief told reporters. “And I encourage those leaders to be mindful of their actions moving forward because their words have jeopardized the integrity of the city of Dallas, as well as the Dallas Police Department.”
Brown was shot to death at about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 near his new apartment building in the 4600-block of Cedar Springs Road, according to the Dallas Morning News.
He moved three-and-half miles to the new complex several weeks after then-Officer Guyger fatally shot his across-the-hall neighbor, 27-year-old Botham Jean, in South Side Flats.
Witnesses flagged down police after Brown was shot and officers found him on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Brown was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he later died, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Witnesses told police they heard gunfire and then saw a silver four-door sedan fleeing the parking lot.
Government sources told the Dallas Morning News that Brown had been shot in back and thigh.
Police announced Tuesday that they had one suspect in Brown’s murder in custody, and had issued capital murder warrants on two additional suspects, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Chief Moore said that all three suspects - 20-year-old Jacquerious Mitchell, 32-year-old Michael Mitchell, and 22-year-old Thaddeous Green - came from Alexandria, Louisiana to Dallas to buy drugs from Brown, KTVT reported.
“Thaddeous Green was the facilitator. He’s the one who contacted Joshua Brown,” he explained.
But when the men arrived to meet with Brown, “Green gets out of the vehicle, has a conversation with Joshua Brown which escalates into physical altercations,” the chief said.
Chief Moore said that Jacquerious Mitchell told investigators that he got out of his vehicle and Brown ordered him to get back in it, KTVT reported.
Then Brown shot Jacquerious Mitchell in the chest.
Jacquerious Mitchell told police that he heard two more gunshots after he was struck, according to KTVT.
“He said that Thaddeous Green shot Joshua Brown two times,” the chief said.
He said that Jacquerious Mitchell is in custody at Parkland Memorial Hospital and capital murder warrants have been issued for Michael Mitchell and Green.
Activists immediately began protesting after Guyger was sentenced, angry that she had only been given a 10 year sentence.
Those same protesters were outraged to hear about Brown's murder and immediately claimed a police conspiracy caused his death 10 days after he testified.
However, Chief Moore made it clear that Brown had far more going on than just the Guyger trial.
He had been shot outside a strip club in Dallas in November of 2018, KNXV reported.
His attorney, Lee Merritt, said that Brown had been "concerned that that person might try to come back and finish the job."
The person who wounded Brown and killed his friend Nicholas Shaquan Diggs 10 months ago has not been apprehended, according to KNXV.