Mississippi Firefighter Allegedly Waited Outside Courthouse to Kill Man He Believed Shot His Mother

Mississippi Firefighter Kills Man in Revenge for Allegedly Shooting His Mother
William Wells
Madison County Detention Center

08/04/2015 AT 08:35 AM EDT

A Mississippi firefighter is accused of killing another man in revenge after his mother was shot in the leg over the weekend.

William Wells, 24, was arrested on Monday and charged with murder after he allegedly drove to the Madison County Courthouse and shot 37-year-old Kendrick Armond Brown, who was due to appear in court that day, the Associated Press reports.

Sheriff's deputies witnessed the shooting and took Wells into custody immediately afterwards. The 24-year-old put down his gun and did not offer any resistance.

Authorities have said that they believe the shooting may have been motivated by revenge: Wells' mother, who was set to testify against Brown, was shot herself over the weekend.

Canton Police Chief Otha Brown said Sherry Wells was shot in the leg while driving to work on Saturday night. She sustained a knee injury and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. She was later released.

Prior to Monday's shooting, the younger Wells only had a few minor traffic tickets on his record, including a speeding ticket and two tickets for improper license plates.

"He's a good guy," Lebertha Luckett, who identified herself as Wells' girlfriend, told the AP. "I don't know what happened."

Before his death, Brown was facing up to life in prison for felony drug charges under Mississippi's habitual offender law.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said that he thought there was little deputies could have done to protect Brown. "There would have been, in my opinion, no way this could have been stopped," he said.

Wells is due in court himself Tuesday, The Clarion-Ledger reports.

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