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Warrants: Argument about TV show between boyfriends in Axton turns deadly

John Andrew Brooks
John Andrew Brooks

AXTON, VA – Warrants are providing more insight into what took place before a deadly shooting in Axton on Saturday night.

Shortly after 8 p.m., deputies responded to the 4500 block of Irisburg Road after getting a call from a man who said he had shot his boyfriend.

Deputies arrived and they located the caller, John Andrew Brooks, outside on the front porch.

They detained him and took him to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, where he agreed to talked to an investigator.

Brooks said that around 6 p.m., he and Bryant Richard Robinson, who was his boyfriend of two years, got into a verbal argument about a TV show, according to warrants.

Warrants say Brooks went to the living room to watch something else, Robinson followed him and they continued to argue.

The verbal argument turned into a physical altercation as the men continued into the kitchen

Brooks claimed in the warrants that Robinson grabbed his throat and was choking and hitting him while he was trying to hit Robinson back to defend himself.

Both men fell to the floor, continued fighting and Brooks said he told Robinson he was going to shoot him, if he did not stop.

Brooks advised that Robinson did not stop.

“John [Brooks] proceeded to grab his revolver, off the dining room table. John advised that it was approximately a little more than arms link apart. Once he grabbed the gun, Bryant [Robinson] grabbed the barrel of the gun. John proceeded to push Bryant away. Once doing so, he fired the revolver three times,” the documents read.

Brooks believed he had shot Robinson in the arm, chest, and head.

According to warrants, Brooks said they had been drinking several bottles of wine and smoking marijuana.

Brooks was charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.



AXTON, VA – A dispute between boyfriends in Axton turned deadly on Saturday night, according to Henry County Sheriff Wayne Davis.

Shortly after 8 p.m., authorities got a call from a man stating he had just shot and killed his boyfriend in the 4500 block of Irisburg Road.

Deputies responded and say they found Bryant Richard Robinson, 36, of Oriole Drive in Stoneville, North Carolina dead inside the home.

Investigators say an argument between Robinson and John Andrew Brooks, 59, of the address, became physical and Brooks grabbed a gun and shot Robinson.

Brooks was still at the scene when deputies arrived and he was taken into custody without incident.

He was charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He was transported to the Henry County Adult Detention Center, where he is held without bond.

Robinson’s body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke, where an autopsy will be performed.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about it is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463.



AXTON, VA – Henry County Sheriff Wayne Davis has confirmed to BTW21 News that his department is investigating a murder in the Axton community.

According to Sheriff Davis, shortly after 8 p.m., the 9-1-1 center received a call that a man had been shot by another man in the 4500 block of Irisburg Road.

Deputies responded and found the victim deceased, and took the suspect in custody.

David said what led to the shooting is currently under investigation at this time.

Stay with BTW21 News for updates to this breaking news story.

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