Orange County

Woman to 911: ‘He was beating my head in, and I shot him’

A woman told a 911 operator that she shot her boyfriend Sunday because he was beating her, according to a Orange County 911 recording released Tuesday morning.

“He was beating my head in, and I shot him,” said the caller, identified as Kellie Rae Younts, 25.

“I think he is dead,” she continued. “I can’t help it. He was beating the hell out of me.”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office identified the man killed as Brandon Scott Lee, 29. Lee lived with Younts at 3601 Brockwell Road, in the part of Durham that lies inside the Orange County line, deputies said.

Deputies responded to the home around 8:05 a.m. after Younts called 911 to report the shooting, according to a news release. Emergency personnel at the scene confirmed Lee died from his injuries, deputies said.

Orange County Chief Deputy Jamison Sykes described Lee and Younts as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Younts, in the 911 call, said she “was scared for her life.” Lee smashed her phone, she said, and had beaten her for two hours.

“He was trying to take a broken piece of a pole, and he tried to stab me with it,” she said.

Younts was “a little banged up,” she told the operator, but not seriously hurt.

Lee, she told the 911 operator, may have been shot in the stomach.

“He said ‘You shot me,’ and he fell down,” she said.

Younts said she left Lee lying in the master bedroom and went outside to wait for help to arrive.

“I was scared to look at his body,” she said.

Another man in the house slept through the incident, Younts said. Sykes confirmed the man, a “short-term guest” who hasn’t been named, was asleep.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate, Sykes said. They plan to discuss the case with Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall before deciding whether to file charges, he said.

Younts and Lee appeared to have been dating since February, according to her Facebook page.

Lee did not appear to have an extensive or violent criminal history, Sykes said. He confirmed the Sheriff’s Office had responded to the Brockwell Road home in the past, but declined to provide details, citing the ongoing investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office urged anyone dealing with domestic violence issues to contact the Compass Center for Women and Families at 919-929-7122 or the Sheriff’s Office Crisis Unit at 919-245-2900

“This loss of life is unfortunate, and reminds us that our community is not immune to domestic violence,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood said. “October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I encourage Orange County residents to educate themselves about this serious public health issue.”

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb