UNIONTOWN (KDKA) – Charges have been dropped against a Fayette County man who shot his 12-year-old brother in September.
The boy said he just couldn’t testify against his family.
Their father said he was upset because investigators seemed unwilling to believe that it was an accidental shooting.
He said they didn’t speak with the victim, but he’s happy the family is under one roof once again.
The kids who live in the house on Mount Vernon Avenue in Uniontown had strict rules – no guns and no drugs. However, one of those rules was broken in September.
“We were sitting there listening to music and he was eating,” Timothy Brooks said.
Brooks was hanging out with his 19-year-old brother, David. The gun fired while David was removing it from his pants.
Timothy said he tried to tell anyone who would listen that his brother didn’t mean to shoot him.
“They knew it was an accident, but they tried to overrule what I said,” Timothy said.
Police charged David with aggravated and simple assault, having a weapon without a license and endangering the welfare of a child.
However, Timothy refused to testify against his brother at a hearing.
“I didn’t want my brother to go to jail thinking I put him there,” Timothy said.
After two continuations, the district attorney dismissed all charges.
Their father said David broke the house rule and he nearly lost both of his sons. However, Timothy is an A student and David still has a chance to go to college.
David was released from jail and the brothers have been reunited.