Fri. May 13th, 2022

Josh Brook’s 911 Call During Parent’s Murder Suicide

Despite being described by friends and neighbors as a friendly man who had been with his wife for 22 years, on June 5th, 2008, Darryl Brooks shot his wife, Peggy Brooks, in the leg in their front yard during what his 14-year-old son Josh described as a “rampage”. Josh, along with his dog, retreated to the rear of the yard and called 911. Unfortunately, during the emergency call, Darryl shot his wife again before shooting himself, killing them both. Their bodies were found just 15 feet from one another in front of the house. The couple had no history of domestic violence. Below you can read the transcript of the 911 call placed by Josh Brooks in full:

Dispatcher: 911, police or medical?

Josh Brooks: Um, hello, my mom has been shot.

Dispatcher: Okay, so it’s medical? Is it medical, sir?

Josh Brooks: Yes. My mom has been shot. [cross talk]

Dispatcher: Okay, are you at [redacted]?

Josh Brooks: Yes.

Dispatcher: Okay, when you say shot, like gun shot? Hello?

Josh Brooks: Hello.

Dispatcher: How did she get hurt?

Josh Brooks: My dad shot [phone interference]

Dispatcher: You said your dad shot her? Sir? Talk to me! You said your dad shot her?

Josh Brooks: Yes.

Dispatcher: Okay, your mom breathing?

Dispatcher: Fire rescue, this is the sheriff’s office reference to someone got shot.

Fire rescue: Okay, what’s the address of the emergency? Hello? What is the address?

Josh Brooks: [redacted]

Fire rescue: Is that in? [inaudible, static]  

Josh Brooks: Yes, sir.

Fire rescue: What’s your phone number?

Josh Brooks: P-phone number? My home phone number?

Fire rescue: Yeah, the phone number you called me from, say I if need to call you again.

Josh Brooks: [redacted]

Fire rescue: Okay. What is your name?

Josh Brooks: Josh [redacted]

Fire rescue: What happened, Josh?

Josh Brooks: My dad went off in a rampage and shot my mom.

Fire rescue: Okay, is she still with us? Or is she beyond any help?

Josh Brooks: She, I think she is still with us.

Fire rescue: Okay. How old is she?

Josh Brooks: Uh, over 40.

Fire rescue: 40?

Josh Brooks: Over 40.

Fire rescue: Okay, and where was she shot?

Josh Brooks: In my front, in the leg, I think?

Fire rescue: Okay, and is your father still there that shot her?

Josh Brooks: I think so.

Fire rescue: Okay. You didn’t see where he went?

Josh Brooks: No.

Fire rescue: Okay. Which leg was it?

Josh Brooks: Wait, what?

Fire rescue: Which leg? Right? Left?

Josh Brooks: I think, uh, the right, I think?

Fire rescue: Okay. Was she shot anywhere else or was that the only time?

Josh Brooks: The only time.

Fire rescue: Okay, and you don’t know if your father is still there, do you?

Josh Brooks: No, I do not.

Fire rescue: And he, did, you know if the weapon still around? Or did he still have the weapon when he left?

Josh Brooks: I think he still has the weapon.  

Fire rescue: Okay. And do you feel safe where you are now?

Josh Brooks: No.

Fire rescue: Okay. Where is your mother?

Josh Brooks: In my front yard, I think.

Fire rescue: Okay. Can you tell if she’s still breathing?

Josh Brooks: I don’t know. Um.

Fire rescue: You’re not sure if she’s breathing?

Josh Brooks: She’s…

Dispatcher: I’m, I’m trying to…

Josh Brooks: I’m on the phone mom.

Dispatcher: Okay, sir? FD, let me ask him a question because [inaudible, stuttering] my deputy coming. Where is your dad at and is he still armed?

Josh Brooks: I have no idea.

Dispatcher: Do you think he left he left in a car?

Josh Brooks: Uh, no, he has definitely not left in a car.

Dispatcher: Does he still have the gun?

Josh Brooks: Yes.

Dispatcher: Yes? What kind of gun?

Josh Brooks: Uh, I don’t know.

Dispatcher: Unknown?

Josh Brooks: No, it’s an unknown.

Dispatcher: Okay, where is your mom at?

Josh Brooks: In my front yard.

Dispatcher: Stay on the line with me sir. Stay on the line with me. FD, you go ahead and keep talking while I’m go ahead [cross talk]

Fire rescue: Okay, n-no other part of her body was injured?

Josh Brooks: I do not think so but she is bleeding from her leg.  

Fire rescue: Does anybody know how to control bleeding? Are you, can you go near her and help her or?

Josh Brooks: No, I cannot, my dad is surrounding her.

Fire rescue: Ah, you don’t, he doesn’t want you near her? Okay, what I want you to do is to keep yourself in a safe place. Okay? I don’t want you to go near him then. Okay?

Josh Brooks: Okay. Should I go to my neighbor’s house?

Fire rescue: No, I don’t even actually want you to leave the house. I want you to stay out of his sight so he can’t see you in case anything happens like that. You know what I mean?

 Josh Brooks: Okay, but, so should I go to my neighbor’s house?

Fire rescue: Can he, will he see you if you go that way?

Josh Brooks: No.

Fire rescue: Okay. If you can do that safely I would advise… [cross talk]

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Fire rescue: …find somewhere safe but don’t hang up. Can you stay on the phone and do this?

Dispatcher: Hey.

Josh Brooks: Um, I don’t think so.

Fire rescue: Alright, I would …

Dispatcher: Sir, are you inside?

Josh Brooks: No, I am outside.

Dispatcher: You are outside?

Josh Brooks: Yes.

Dispatcher: Okay, outside in the back or the front?

Josh Brooks: In the front.

Dispatcher: Where is mom and dad at?

Josh Brooks: In the front.

Dispatcher: Mom and dad is in the front?

Josh Brooks: Yes.

Dispatcher: Okay, just stay on the line with me. Mom and dad is in the front.

Fire rescue: And what is dad doing? Is he saying anything to you or…?

Josh Brooks: No. He is just surrounding my mom.

Fire rescue: And when you say surrounding do you mean like pacing?

Dispatcher: Dad is near mom.

Josh Brooks: [cross talk] …he, yeah, pacing.

Fire rescue:  Okay. Don’t go near him and don’t [cross talk]

Dispatcher: Is he armed, sir?

Josh Brooks: Hello?

Dispatcher: Is he still armed?

Josh Brooks: Yes.

Dispatcher: Dad is pacing, and he’s still armed.

Josh Brooks: He….

Fire rescue: Can, can you, can you walk a little bit away from them so you’re not in danger?

Josh Brooks: Yeah.

Fire rescue: But keep, stay on the line. Don’t hang up.

Josh Brooks: Uh, okay. Hello?

Dispatcher: And stay on the line with us.

Fire rescue: Yes, we’re still here.  

Josh Brooks: Are they coming?

Fire rescue: Yes, they are coming.

Dispatcher: They are [inaudible] as fast as they can.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Fire rescue: But stay on the line, okay?

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Dispatcher: Are you by the trail head, sir?

Josh Brooks: Uh, what?

Dispatcher: Are you by the trail head?

Josh Brooks: Uh, I do not think so.

Dispatcher: He doesn’t think so.

Josh Brooks: By the trail? Like…I don’t know.

Dispatcher: I don’t know. He, he’s not familiar with reference what you’re asking me. Hold on a second, sir.

[radio]

[Josh Brooks heavy breathing]

Fire rescue: Are you injured at all, sir?

Josh Brooks: No, I am not.

Dire rescue: Is anybody else in the home?

Josh Brooks: No.

Fire rescue: …besides the three of you?

Josh Brooks: No.

Fire rescue: Okay.

[crying]

Dispatcher: Sir, sir, calm down, calm down. Can you see your mom though?

Josh Brooks: No, I can not.

Dispatcher: You can not? Okay. Just calm down. We’ve got units coming to you. How old are you, sir?

Josh Brooks: 14.

Dispatcher: 14? What’s your name, sir?

Josh Brooks: Josh Brooks.

Dispatcher: Josh Brooks? Okay, Josh, you’re okay, bud. You’re okay. Alright? We’ve got units coming to you.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Fire rescue: Okay, don’t hang up Josh. I’m going to stay with you until they get with you, okay?

Josh Brooks: Okay.

[heavy breathing, dog panting]

Josh Brooks: I just heard two more gunshots.

Dispatcher: He heard two more shots [cross talk]

Fire rescue: …okay. Stay clear of that, okay? I don’t want you to go anywhere near that.

Dispatcher: Stay on the line with me, Josh. We’ve got units coming to you as fast as we can.

Josh Brooks: Okay. I think I’m hearing them.

Fire rescue: Alright.

Dispatcher: You think you hear the units? Just stay on the line with me, Josh.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Fire rescue:  Yeah. Don’t hang up until they’re there, okay? We’ll let you know when they’re there.

[hyperventilation]

Dispatcher: Josh?

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Dispatcher: Stay with me.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Dispatcher: What is your dad wearing?

Josh Brooks: Uh, blue shirt and black shorts.

Dispatcher: The dad is wearing a police shirt…

Josh Brooks: Blue shirt.

Fire rescue: Blue shirt and black shorts.

Dispatcher: Blue shirt.

Josh Brooks: And black shorts.

Dispatcher: And black shorts.

[Dog panting]

Dispatcher: Josh?

Josh Brooks: I’m sorry.

Dispatcher: Josh?

Josh Brooks: Yes?

Dispatcher: Take a couple deep breaths, bud.

Fire rescue: You have an animal next to you, Josh?

Josh Brooks: Yes

Fire rescue: Okay.

Josh Brooks: … with my dog.

Fire rescue: Is your dog injured at all as well?

Josh Brooks: No.  

Fire rescue: Okay.

Josh Brooks: I don’t think the other ones are but…

[crying and static]

Fire rescue: Do you see any units yet, Josh?

Josh Brooks: No, I do not.

Fire rescue: Okay.

Josh Brooks: I can hear them though.

Fire rescue: Okay.

Dispatcher: Just stay on the line with us, Josh. What color is your house, Josh?

Josh Brooks: It is white.

Dispatcher: A white house. Block, brick, or wood?

Josh Brooks: Uh…what?

Dispatcher: Is it block, brick, or wood house?

Josh Brooks: I think it’s brick.

Dispatcher: Brick house? What kind of vehicle’s in the driveway, Josh?

Josh Brooks: Uh, a tan truck and, uh, Silver Dodge Charger.

Dispatcher: Okay, just stay on the line with me. D-do you have a long driveway, Josh?

Josh Brooks: Yes, I do.

Dispatcher: Lonnng driveway. Stay on the line Josh. They are in the area. Okay? Just stay on the line. Did, can you see your dad?

Josh Brooks: No, I can not.

Dispatcher: Can not see your dad? Okay, you can not see your mom and you can not see your dad. Right?

[crying]

Dispatcher: Okay. I’m sorry?

Josh Brooks: I can not.

Dispatcher: Okay, okay. That’s okay. Josh. That’s okay. What was your mom wearing?

Josh Brooks: Um, a blue shirt. A blue and white poke-a-dot shirt and black shorts.

Dispatcher: Blue and what? Poke-a-dot?

Josh Brooks: Yes.

Dispatcher: Sir. And what kind of shorts?

Josh Brooks: Black.

Dispatcher: Black shorts? Okay. And what’s your dad’s name?

Josh Brooks: Darryl Brooks.

Dispatcher: Darrell?

Josh Brooks: Yes.  

Dispatcher: D-A-R-R-E-L-L Brooks?

Josh Brooks: No. D-A-R-R-Y-L.

Dispatcher: Y? Okay. Hang on. Y-L?

Josh Brooks: Yeah.

Dispatcher: Y-L.  And how old is your dad?

Josh Brooks: I, end 40s?

Dispatcher: End of 40s? Late 40s?

Josh Brooks: Yeah.

Dispatcher: Okay.

[coughing]

Dispatcher: What’s your mom’s name?

Josh Brooks: Hello?

Dispatcher: What’s your mom’s name?

Josh Brooks: Peggy Brooks.

Dispatcher: [inaudible] Brooks?

Josh Brooks: P-E-G-G-Y

Dispatcher: Peggy Brooks. And how old’s your mom?

Josh Brooks: Mid 40s.

Dispatcher: Mid 40s? Okay. Stay on the line with me.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Dispatcher: We do have units in the area so you’re not alone.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

[coughing]

Dispatcher: Just stay on the line with me. Okay, take a few deep breathes, Josh.

[inaudible crying]

Dispatcher: It’s okay Josh. It’s, do you have a shed or anything?

Josh Brooks: Yes, I do.

Dispatcher: It’s okay. Is your back yard fenced in?

Josh Brooks: Is my what?

Fire rescue: Is the back yard fenced?

Josh Brooks: Uh, no, it is not.

Dispatcher: Yard is not fenced in. Okay, stay on the line with me.

Fire rescue: Can you get yourself to that shed?

Josh Brooks: Uh, yes, sir, I can.

Dispatcher: Alright.

Fire rescue:   And your father wont see you if you get to that shed?

Josh Brooks: No, he will not.

Fire rescue: Okay, that’s probably the best thing that you could probably do is go over there and get inside.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Dispatcher: Do you have a cordless phone, Josh, or is this a cellphone?

Josh Brooks: [inaudible]

Dispatcher: Okay, Josh. [inaudible] you’re breaking in and out.

Fire rescue: It’s probably because he’s walking further away.

Dispatcher: Okay Josh, do me a favor. Don’t go in the shed because you’re breaking in and out.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Dispatcher: Okay. Just stay right where you’re at right now.

Josh Brooks: Okay.

Dispatcher: You’re not armed with anything, correct Josh?

Josh Brooks: No, I am not.

Dispatcher: Okay, Josh, what are you wearing?

Josh Brooks: I am wearing a black ECS [indecipherable] shirt and white shorts.

Dispatcher: Okay, black…

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