Charge Filed In Shooting

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Woman Shoots Brother In The Head

By Joe Foreman, Editor

A 31-year-old woman is accused of shooting her brother in the head Sunday at a residence in northwest Mills County.

Elizabeth Brannen is charged with reckless use of a firearm causing serious injury, a Class C felony, Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos said.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the incident occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at a rural Council Bluffs residence located at 17022 Allis Rd., on the Mills County side of the border with Pottawattamie County.

The victim in the shooting, 34-year-old Chad Brannen, was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital by private vehicle. He was later transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where he was listed in critical condition on Monday.

Chad Brannen alegedly had a 22-caliber handgun in his possession. After being confronted about the weapon by the occupant of the residence, he stated that the gun had "blanks" in it . He proceeded to fire one round. He then handed the gun to his sister and told her to fire it to prove that it had blanks in it. Elizabeth Brannen took the gun, pointed it at her brother's head and fired. The victim fell over onto a coffee table in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head.

Because the shooting was originally reported to a law enforcement agency in Pottawattamie County, Goos said his office wasn’t notified of the incident until around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident in conjunction with investigators from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Goos said information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting are still being gathered.