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Police apprehend man suspected of 50-year-old woman's murder in east Las Vegas

Posted at 11:12 AM, Jul 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-22 15:52:08-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a 50-year-old woman in east Las Vegas on June 14.

In an arrest report, police noted the suspect, Troy Eatman, also goes by the name "Trouble."

The night of the shooting, 50-year-old Brandi Brown was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the 4700 block of El Escorial Drive after her friend called 911, the report states. She was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Police said doctors described Brown's wound as "non-survivable," and she was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m.

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According to the arrest report, the 911 call was from a friend of the victim, who had been brought to the residence by her boyfriend.

Brown's boyfriend told police that before the shooting, the couple drove to a friend's house to drop off food. Brown got out to deliver it while her boyfriend remained in the car. While he waited, he told police he saw two men leaving the home. Among them was a man he knew by the nickname "Trouble" — since identified as Eatman.

Eatman was "best friends" with another man Brown's boyfriend had trouble with in the past, he told police. He said the man had come to his house before and was "very disrespectful." He admitted to hitting the man in the face with a 2x4 piece of wood, breaking his jaw.

Brown soon came out of the house. According to her boyfriend, a blue dirt bike sped by their car as soon as Brown got in. Brown recognized the rider as the man her boyfriend had fought with before, and told him they needed to leave immediately, the report states.

Police noted they'd interviewed witnesses who said the man riding the dirt bike arrived at the home to confront Brown's boyfriend.

In his attempt to get away, Brown's boyfriend told police he hit a parked car. Then he heard gunshots, and his car windows shattered. Before he made it to the end of the street, Brown had slumped over in his lap and was covered in blood, the report states.

He drove to another friend's house about a mile away on El Escorial Drive, brought Brown inside, and told the friend to call 911, police were told.

Two days later, investigators had identified Eatman as the suspect in Brown's murder and issued a warrant for his arrest, police said. He was apprehended on July 19 and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.