Sheriff: Man shoots, kills brother during argument in Lenoir County

POSTED: 6:07 AM Nov 11 2013   UPDATED: 6:16 PM Nov 11 2013
LA GRANGE, LENOIR COUNTY -

A man shot and killed his brother during an argument in Lenoir County, investigators said.

According to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, the shooting happened at about 8 p.m. Sunday on Little Wiggins Road in La Grange. 

Deputies and EMS arrived at the scene to find 35-year-old Davis Brent Wiggins dead near a side entry door in a home, investigators said. The victim had apparently been shot in the neck with a .357 caliber revolver.  

Deputies said the shooting suspect has been identified as the victim's brother, Scott Wiggins. The suspect was at the home and was cooperating with investigators.

It appeared that the brothers lived next door to each other on the 5000 block of Wiggins Road, said deputies. There was an argument between the men earlier in the night, according to investigators. They also said the two brothers engaged in a physical fight inside Scott Wiggins' home. 

Scott allegedly fired a warning shot from his handgun to get his Davis to leave, deputies said. This apparently only angered Davis, and he charged into the home past their wives toward Scott, said investigators.

Scott then fired one round, hitting Davis in the neck, according to deputies. Scott, along with the victim's wife, Shanna Wiggins, performed CPR. But the injury was too great to save the victim, investigators said.

Deputies said Davis was not armed with any weapons during the incident.

As of early Monday morning, no charges had been filed. The case will be forwarded to the district attorney for review, said deputies.  

Davis' body was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital, where an autopsy was scheduled.  Alcohol was suspected to have played a role in this case, said investigators.

"It is a sad and tragic day when you have one family member killing another," said Lenoir County Sheriff Christopher Hill. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Wiggins family."     

We also spoke with family relative, Lisa Wiggins. She says the family is just trying to get through this unfortunate incident.

"We're a very close-knit family. We are a praying family and we go to a praying church and I think that's what's going to get us through this," the relative said.

Many family members live on the same street where the shooting happened, because the property is owned by the Wiggins family.