Daughter Killed, Mother Injured In Smyrna Double Shooting
Briana Brown, from her Facebook page
SMYRNA, Tenn. – A woman was killed and her mother critically injured after police said her ex-boyfriend showed up at the house with a gun and shot them.
Police were called to what they described as a domestic situation at a home at 926 Sky Valley Trail in Smyrna Friday around 10 a.m. The home is located in a neighborhood between Interstate 24 and Old Nashville Highway.
Neighbors said 39-year-old Charles Godspower came to the house in a jealous rage, waving a gun around.
According to police, he shot and killed 22-year-old Briana Brown as she was trying to get away from him. He then turned the gun on her mother, 49-year-old Diana Glover.
When police showed up, they found Brown's body in a car. It appears she was trying to get away.
The victim's mother was still fighting for life in the garage. Paramedics airlifted her to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she remains in critical condition.
Godspower was still standing in the front yard. Police immediately drew their guns, and he gave up and was taken into custody.
Neighbors on Sky Valley Trail in Smyrna said the victim and suspect had a rocky relationship.
"From what I heard from them across the street, he was jealous, and didn't like that she had broke it off," said neighbor Andy Moore.
Police said Brown had filed an assault report with Smyrna Police against Godspower on June 21. She was also directed to the Domestic Violence Program of Rutherford County where she obtained an Order of Protection against Godspower.
Detectives transported Godspower to the police station, and said he admitted to the shootings. He was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, first degree murder, attempted first degree murder and violation of order of protection. He was held on a $1 million bond.
Police said he is a citizen of Nigeria who is in the country legally.
The couple had a small child together, and is now with family. He was not present at the time of the shooting.