Police release photo of Brownsburg homicide victim’s brother, called a person of interest

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UPDATE (June 27, 2017) -- Justin Brabson was sentenced to 72 years in prison for his brother's death. A jury deliberated for two hours before finding him guilty during a May 2017 trial.

BROWNSBURG, Ind. -- Brownsburg police released new details in a homicide investigation.

Justin Brabson (Photo courtesy of Brownsburg Police)

Justin Brabson (Photo courtesy of Brownsburg Police)

Neighbors reported hearing three to five shots Thursday night. Police found a man dead inside a home in the 7000 block of Meadow Trail, near State Road 267 and East Tilden Road, around 6:30 p.m. Police identified the deceased Friday as Christopher Brabson, 30.

Police said Brabson lived in the home with his brother, 28-year-old Justin Brabson. No one has heard from Justin Brabson, police said, and they want to talk to him. They believe he may have information about his brother's shooting and are concerned about his welfare. Police said they weren't sure if Justin Brabson was involved in the shooting or trying to get away for his own safety.

According to Sgt. April Hyde with Brownsburg police, a maroon 1997 Toyota Camry was seen leaving the scene. Police found that car Friday afternoon. Nothing has been found in the car yet.

Justin Brabson (left) and Christopher Brabson (right)

Justin Brabson (left) and Christopher Brabson (right)

Police are still searching for Justin Brabson. Police now say he is a person of interest in the death.

“This close to home you’re never prepared for that type of news,” said Ted Roark.

Roark says the victim worked for him at a welding shop in Brownsburg for four years.

“He was very dedicated and very skilled, so we were taken aback by what happened,” said Roark.

Two additional cars will be searched, the suspect's second car and the victim's car.

"We don’t know how much information he has, we don’t know if he’s in harm’s way, we’re not sure if he was fleeing from something or if he was involved in any way, and that’s our primary thing we want to do right now," Hyde said. "We want to find Justin to speak with him."

Police said there was no forced entry into the home and that Christopher Brabson had been shot. Police also said it didn't appear that the shooting was random.

Police said they have talked to the brothers' father, who lives in the area. Their mother lives out of state, police said.

Christopher’s former boss has no idea what sparked the shooting, but describes Christopher as a model employee who was always kind to coworkers and someone who will be missed.

“He was very skilled and very motivated and took a lot of sense of accomplishment in what he did.  He was one of our top guys,” said Roark.

Police in Zionsville were also called to the parent’s home this afternoon.  The parents asked police to search the home looking for Justin, but no one was home.

Anyone with information on Justin Brabson’s whereabouts should contact Brownsburg police at (317) 852-1109.

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