According to a press release by Sheriff Martin B. West, yesterday at approximately 2:20 pm the Mcdowell County Sheriff’s office was dispatched to a shooting complaint in Havaco near Welch. When they arrived, the deputies found a shooting victim.
Upon further investigation, deputies arrested Kenneth Joseph Brown Jr. of Havaco for the shooting. The victim, thirty-eight year old Brian Lewis from Havaco, succumb to his injures at Welch Community Hospital. Kenneth Brown Jr. was charged with 1st degree murder, wanton endangerment, felon in possession of a firearm, and was arraigned before magistrate Daniel Mitchell. At this time no bond has been set. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Welch Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.