911 calls released in security guard road rage shooting

11:40 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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Brandon Baker was shot to death after what the family calls a case of road rage, where the 30-year-old was followed all the way home by a man who was, they claim, tailgating him.

 

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PALM HARBOR, Florida - For the first time, Chris Baker is talking about the night an armed, off duty security guard shot and killed his twin brother, Brandon.

"He was my best friend. We were together all the time. He took my best friend from me," said Baker in his first television interview since the March shooting.

The state attorney's office announced this week it will not charge the off duty guard, Seth Browning. It alleges Brandon Baker became aggressive, got out of his vehicle, and attacked the guard during a suspected road rage incident in Palm Harbor.

On Tuesday, 911 calls from both Baker's girlfriend and the guard were released for the first time, painting a vivid picture of what happened the night Brandon was shot.

"Please come, he's dying... please hurry," Baker's girlfriend can be heard screaming on the 911 recording.

Brandon's brother is also heard screaming in the background, and he remembers exactly what he was thinking. "A lot of anger, disbelief. I didn't want to believe what I was seeing," said Chris. "Just seeing him laying there almost seemed like it was not real."

In the recordings, Browning can also be heard explaining to dispatchers what happened.

"You're the one who shot him then?" the dispatcher asks.

"Yes, I'm about to go to law enforcement academy, man... Oh, this is not good," Browning said after explaining he was attacked.

Browning has repeatedly turned down requests to be interviewed, but the Baker family maintains the shooting was unjustified.

"His life was taken for no reason," said Brandon's brother. "He didn't want to have someone follow him to his front door. He did what most people would do and he got killed because of it."

Brandon's mother, Bonnie Baker, said she plans on listening closely to the 911 recordings in hopes of better understanding what happened, and why.

"It's not because I'm wanting to hear this. I don't want to hear this. I don't want to hear my baby screaming. But I got to... I gotta listen," said Bonnie. "I need to know what was said. I need to know everything...I need to know the good, the bad, the ugly. I need to know, so I can go forward and know everything that happened. I have a right to know what happened."

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