North Carolina man allegedly shot and killed his brother, but motive is unknown

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Jun. 21 2021, Published 8:34 p.m. ET

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A man in Polk County, North Carolina, has been taken into custody after he allegedly shot and killed his brother.

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Justus Ian Burnett, 30, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with his brother’s death. Though police have not said what led to the shooting between family members. 

Around 4:30 p.m. on June 20, the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on a report of a possible shooting.

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Deputies encountered Montgomery Graham Burnett, 24, who had been shot, according to the sheriff's office.

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EMS and first responders attempted life-saving measures, but the victim was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Justus Burnett was arrested near the scene without incident and charged with murder.


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