Fatal Warner Robins shooting may be related to car theft

bpurser@macon.comJanuary 24, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- The incident report for the fatal shooting of a Macon man outside a Booth Road gas station indicates the killing may have been related to a car theft, but police would not say.

Monnie Joseph Brabham IV, 32, was shot near the gas pumps of Murphy USA shortly before noon Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Few details have been released about the shooting, and the police report gives little insight into the slaying.

However, in addition to a willful killing, the report listed as a “crime incident” theft of an automobile and recovered property. Brabham was driving a silver 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood, according to the report.

The weapon used in the slaying was listed as a shotgun.

The report’s narrative states only that a Warner Robins police officer was dispatched to 505 Booth Road at 11:58 a.m. to a report of shots fired. The address is for Zaxby’s restaurant, which is next to the gas station.

Tabitha Clark, public information officer for Warner Robins police, said police have been looking for two men based on initial statements from witnesses.

Suspect descriptions have not been released.

“They are looking at possible video as well as interviewing the witnesses to see if we can get a concrete description before we release anything,” Clark said. “But at this point, detectives have not given me any suspect descriptions.”

The GBI conducted an autopsy Friday, Clark said, but no details of the autopsy were released.

The police report listed Brabham’s address in the 1900 block of Napier Avenue. In 2011, Macon police conducted a drug bust at the same address. A Monnie Brabham, who was 60 at the time, and Matthew Lorenzo Brabham, who was 19 at the time, were arrested in the raid, according to Macon police. Both men had prior arrests.

Marilyn Brabham, the mother of the shooting victim, and other family members could not be reached for comment.

A woman answering the phone at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Elm Street in Macon, where Marilyn Brabham attended church, said she’d gone to Virginia to live with her sister. The woman said Brabham’s husband, Monnie Brabham III, died in March 2013 at age 62. The couple had two other sons: Matthew Brabham and Kirk Brabham, according to Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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