New details released in I'On shooting

Published: May. 12, 2017 at 10:57 PM EDT|Updated: May. 13, 2017 at 7:33 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - New details have been released in a shooting that occurred in the I'On neighborhood. The new details have been discovered from police reports that were taken from officers who responded to the scene.

On Tuesday, Robert Simpson, 66, was shot by his daughter Brittany Simpson, 31, police say.

Simpson was arrested and charged with murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

Officers responded to a residence on Saturday Road after a 911 call was placed shortly after 6 a.m. by Brooke Simpson, the daughter of the deceased.

Arriving officers on scene reported they arrived to the doorway of the residence and noticed a large amount of blood.

According to reports, Brittany Simpson was sitting with her mother and sister, Brooke, in the courtyard of their home while officers were still arriving. During this time, Brittany told family members she just arrived back to the residence from being at the gym and she noticed the back door was open. Brittany claimed she ran after someone on the dock, reports say, she then accused her mother of not locking the doors.

Shortly after officers arrived, they separated Brittany from her mother, Susan.

Susan described to officers being woken up to a loud "pop, pop, pop", and the sound of her husband yelling. She ran downstairs to find a pool of blood coming out from under the door, but told officers she did not see her husband after the shooting. Susan told officers she did not believe there were any guns in the house. Susan mentioned that the day before, she was trying to get the locks switched, but it is unsure if they were.

Brittany Simpson asked an officer on scene multiple times if her father was dead, reports state. Simpson told an officer she was not at the residence during the time of the shooting, and that she was swimming at the I'On club pool. It was later confirmed that she was observed swimming from 3:29 a.m. until 4:44 a.m. and she then went to the gym area. Simpson was recorded on camera leaving the gym a few minutes after 5 a.m.

Brittany's sister, Brooke, told officers that she didn't know anyone who would hurt her father, but stated that Brittany was given a 24-hour notice to leave the residence, reports state.

Shortly after the shooting, Brooke called her other sister Chelsea to the scene, police say. When Chelsea arrived, she began to say that Brittany did it, an officer wrote in his report. Susan Simpson, the mother, told Chelsea not to say that. Chelsea replied that Brittany is unstable, according to reports.

After Chelsea mentioned these details to her mother, Susan requested EMS because she was having difficulty breathing, they say.

In the reports it is mentioned that a neighbor was speaking to the family when she asked Brooke if she was running on the dock that morning, to which Brooke responded no. The neighbor stated she observed a woman running on the dock that morning while she was watching the sunrise, reports say. The neighbor told a detective she believed she saw either Brooke or Brittany running on the dock, back to the Simpson residence. She said she was familiar with the family because she lived beside them for several years. She also mentioned that she had a trespass notice placed on Brittany due to her continually coming unwanted to her residence, one officer wrote.

An officer on the scene said he was instructed to collect possible gunshot residue from Brittany Simpson and two males on the scene. The presumptive test for gunpowder came back negative for all three people, according to reports.

A different officer performed gun shot residue test on Susan, Chelsea, and Brooke. A small reaction was observed from both Susan and Chelsea, reports say.

At 2:30 p.m. a book bag was located in a container in the Hobcaw Creek near the end of the Simpson dock. "He handed me a sealed plastic container that contained a book bag submerged in saltwater.", an officer says. Officers believed it was connected to the homicide. Inside of the book bag was a pink Gap t-shirt, a dark grey Gap t-shirt, a pair of pink and turquoise Nike athletic shorts, a black Allen gun case, a black Sticky gun holster, and a black Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9MM handgun and magazine. The magazine of the gun contained four live rounds, they were Luger 9MM ammunition. In the front of the book bag was a pink 3-pound dumb bell, reports say.

Reports state that Robert Simpson was not immediately deceased when officers entered the residence. It's noted that he was "Making heavy efforts in taking a breath."

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