A Midvale man allegedly killed another man because he made fun of his car.
Patrick Koaneil Brown, 42, was charged in 3rd District Court with murder and two counts of felony discharge of a weapon with serious bodily injury, first-degree felonies; possession of a gun by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; and felony discharge of a weapon, a third-degree felony.
Shortly after 1 p.m. on April 21, Murray police arrived at the scene of a shooting near 4500 South and State Street. They found Darnell Brown, 39 (no relation to Patrick Brown), lying in the street next to his vehicle. He had been shot multiple times in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, the victim’s fiancee said that Darnell was arguing with Patrick in a parking lot and made fun of Patrick’s black Range Rover. Patrick pulled out a handgun, she said, and Darnell became angry. When Patrick drove away, Darnell followed him.
At the intersection of Main Street and 4500 South, Patrick leaned out of his car and threatened to shoot Darnell if he kept following him, the witness said. Darnell used his cellphone to take a picture of the Range Rover, then hit the back of the Range Rover with his car. Darnell backed his vehicle up, and Patrick made a U-turn.
Darnell got out of his vehicle and challenged Patrick to fight him. According to the woman, Patrick pulled up beside Darnell and shot him in the head, then fired the gun “a couple more times” and drove away.
A second witness who was in Darnell’s vehicle identified Patrick from a photo lineup, and cellphone video from a witness showed Patrick firing his gun “multiple times” at Darnell’s head. According to an autopsy, Darnell was hit by three bullets — in the neck, in the cheek and in the back of his head.
According to the charges, Patrick admitted to police that he shot Darnell. He was booked into the Salt Lake County jail, where he is being held without bail.