Christopher Ernest Braughton, 21, of Spring, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a neighbor. Photo: Harris County Sheriff's Office
A 21-year-old Spring resident who allegedly shot a neighbor to death in a road-rage incident has been charged with murder.
Christopher E. Braughton was taken into custody after the incident about 10:25 p.m. Friday in the 23700 block of Greenland Oak Court, authorities said.
Deputies from the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office responded to the scene that reportedly was triggered by a road rage incident, according to a news release from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
The alleged road rage involved Braughton's father, who was driving a small vehicle, and another man, who was riding a motorcycle, the release said.
Witnesses told deputies that the motorcyclist, whose name has not been released, and the suspect's father got into a physical altercation on the road in front of the victim's house. Braughton allegedly came out of his residence carrying a handgun, the release said.
The victim began backing away with his hands in the air when the suspect fired his gun, striking the motorcyclist once in the torso, according to the news release.
Deputies questioned the suspect, whose attorney advised him not to make a statement, the release said.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office accepted a charge of murder on the suspect who was placed in the Harris County Jail.
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