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Man killed in Pike shootout exchanged fire with troopers here

By Walter Geiger Darrell (Kimbo) Brown, who died following a shootout in a Pike County pasture last week, had an extensive criminal history which included a 2003 incident here in which he exchanged gunfire with state troopers during a high speed chase on Hwy. 341. According to the Pike County sheriff’s office, Brown, 49, was on property located at 349 Bates Rd. Concord May 26 when he was accosted by landowner Roger Prater and his son, Nathan Prater. Brown stated he was looking for a way off the property. The Praters showed Brown a gate but he pulled a .22 caliber pistol and fired multiple shots at Nathan Prater, striking him once. Nathan Prater returned fire, firing one round from a rifle which struck Brown who collapsed while running from the scene. Brown was lifeflighted from the scene but was later pronounced dead at a trauma center. Nathan Prater’s wound was described only as not life threatening. Brown’s body was taken to the state crime lab for autopsy. After an investigation by Pike deputies, no charges were filed against the Praters, sparking a social media uproar. Brown’s weapon was recovered as was his vehicle which contained another weapon. He had active arrest warrants and was being sought by the U.S. Marshals Service. Brown walked away from a nearby house and onto the Prater property, the investigation determined. In August, 2003, Brown was involved in the chase here. He fled south on Hwy. 341, firing at multiple pursuing GSP vehicles. One was riddled with bullet holes and another caught fire when its hot engine ignited roadside grass. No one was injured and Brown was arrested after his vehicle was forced off the roadway. He was armed with a 9 mm. semiautomatic handgun and a .38 caliber revolver. He was convicted on four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and sentenced to serve 16 years in prison. He did previous prison stints for possession of meth in Upson and Pike counties and an aggravated assault charge from Spalding County. He was last released from prison on June 19, 2009.

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