A Salem man was charged in a July 1 warrant with eight felony offenses in connection to possessing firearms as a felon and using them for illegal purposes, according to documents filed in circuit court.
Clifton L. Brown Jr, 45, faces one count of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree harassment, one count of unlawful use of a weapon and five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. He was additionally charged with one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree domestic assault.
Investigation of Brown was initiated after a woman reported to the Dent County Sheriff’s Office that Brown had threatened to kill her and himself, and then “unloaded a clip from an assault rifle” into adjoining rooms, according to the case’s probable cause report. Submitted with the account was a video recording which corroborated the woman’s allegations against Brown and showed him also firing out a back door.
The statement says Brown is a convicted felon and barred from possessing firearms. It states he was previously convicted of possession and distribution of a controlled substance in Oklahoma in 2002 as well as voluntary manslaughter in Missouri in 2001.
A search warrant was executed at Brown’s home on July 1. The statement says after there was no answer, the residence was forcibly breached and Brown was located in a shower. Several firearm rounds were subsequently located in the master bedroom with an empty pistol holster and magazine loaded with four rounds also found. A rifle, shotgun and pistol were additionally found in another bedroom with two loaded pistol magazines and more additional ammunition. Two firearm safes were located in a garage and had been forced open with various ammunition sitting on them.
The statement says gun holes were documented by officers in the spots where the submitted video recording shows Brown discharging the rifle.
The charges detailed above are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.