NWGA Scanner | March 30th, 2022
According to Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On March 23rd, 2022, at approximately 1:55 AM, Deputy McKenzie and Deputy Sullivan were dispatched to an address on Stinnett Drive in reference to a domestic dispute in progress. According to the report, “Deputy McKenzie arrived and observed smoke and flames coming from a structure which appeared to be a residence. Deputy McKenzie then observed a white male, later identified as Charles Candler Brown, 45, of Forsyth, GA standing in front of the burning residence, watching the burning building. Deputy McKenzie then asked Charles to step back away from the burning building, which was fully engulfed. Charles was being uncooperative and appeared to be impaired by his body language and slurred speech. Deputy McKenzie then asked Charles if the building was occupied by anyone, and he stated “no”. Deputy McKenzie then asked if Charles knew how the fire started, and Charles replied, “yes sir I started it.” Deputy Koehler and Lieutenant Boling from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office then arrived on the scene. Deputies then asked Charles to move away from the fire, to which Charles responded no. Deputies then asked Charles to lay down on his stomach. Charles continued to ignore all of the deputy’s commands, acting erratic and moving towards the fire in the yard. Due to Charles’s unusual behavior and failure to comply with commands given by deputies, Deputy McKenzie drew out his taser and tased Charles in the back area. Deputy Sullivan, Deputy Koehler, and Lieutenant Boling then restrained Charles, and Deputy Koehler placed Charles into custody.” The owner of the property and victim stated around 11:00 PM, Charles woke her up, being aggressive towards her and hitting her in the face with a piece of wood, and ripped the door off of her bedroom. While being attacked, she stated she was able to run to her neighbor’s residence for help and ask him to call the police. The neighbor walked to the backyard to see what was going on and observed the front door of victim’s house was open, and the living room area was completely on fire. Charles was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with battery, Arson 1st-Degree, and obstruction. According to a Whitfield County 911 CAD, when WCFD arrived on the scene 2:11 AM, WE1 advised the house was 75% involved in flames.