State police: Dinwiddie deputy charged with brother's murder

State police: Dinwiddie deputy charged with brother's murder
15700 block of Allen Drive (Source: NBC12)
15700 block of Allen Drive (Source: NBC12)

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - A Dinwiddie deputy fatally shot his brother Sunday morning, according to Virginia State Police.

Authorities tell NBC12 that 24-year-old Terrell Coles faces second-degree murder charges in the death of his brother, 25-year-old Brandon Coles.

"What we know at this point, an altercation ensued in the residence in the early morning hours, around 3:00am, at which point Terrell Coles fatally shot and wounded the brother Brandon Coles," said Sgt. Steve Vick of Virginia State Police.

25-year-old Brandon died at the scene, and Terrell was immediately taken into custody, police say. He was not on-duty at the time of the shooting, according to state police.

Family and neighbors gathered outside the Allen Drive home in disbelief while investigators spent the morning collecting evidence from inside. Neighbors say Terrell lived in the house for several years.

William Brown has lived on Allen Drive for 40 years and says he's known the Coles his entire life, calling them nice people saying Terrell and Brandon's father is also a member of law enforcement.

"They are great people. They have always been great people, ever since I've known them," said Brown.

Brown says the scene outside his home is hard to see. He says he spoke with Terrell just hours before the shooting, and says the young deputy always checked in on him and is a new father.

"We treated each other like good friends and good neighbors," said Brown.

Police say Terrell is being held without bond at Dinwiddie County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.

Stay with NBC12 News for the latest on this developing story.

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