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Girl, 12, who shot her dad in murder pact, pictured for the first time

A tragic incident unfolded in Poolville, Texas, where a 12-year-old schoolgirl, Emma Brown, carried out a pre-planned murder-pact with a friend, resulting in her shooting her father, Daniel Brown, before turning the gun on herself. Exclusive photographs obtained by depict the father and daughter smiling together, posing with firearms prior to the harrowing event.

On September 20, 2022, Emma shot her father in the abdomen at their residence, located in Poolville, approximately 30 miles from Fort Worth. Sadly, Emma succumbed to her self-inflicted head wound two days later while in the hospital.

The shocking case revealed that the seventh-grade student had conspired with another 12-year-old girl from Lufkin, Texas, with intentions to kill their respective families and pets. However, the nature of their acquaintance remains unclear.

The Parker County District Attorney’s office confirmed that the second girl, whose identity has not been disclosed, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Due to Texas state law protecting the privacy of juveniles facing criminal charges, details of the sentence given to the girl could not be provided. The case reached its final resolution on March 14, 2023, with the charge remaining in effect.

A lawyer representing the surviving girl did not respond to‘s request for comment. Emma Brown tragically passed away two days after shooting herself in the head. Authorities revealed that she had been planning to drive approximately 230 miles to pick up her friend before embarking on a journey to Georgia.

In a dispatch call from the night of the incident, it was reported that Emma fled on foot down the driveway before shooting herself in the head after a short distance. The emergency services worker can be heard stating that “the daughter just shot him” in the master bedroom, as it was understood that she had been preparing for bed.

Later, officers discovered the schoolgirl lying on a dirt road, with a handgun found beneath her body. Following the tragedy, the family home installed a gate at the front of the property, accompanied by a “No Trespassing” sign.

A source informed that the parents were unaware of the other girl’s involvement, a fact that still holds true. Emma’s father possessed an FFL license, granting him legal permission to store and sell firearms at their home.

It remains unclear if Emma attended a fathers and daughters dance at Peaster Elementary, where she was a student. Daniel Brown, the wounded father, was discharged from the hospital shortly after the incident and is expected to fully recover, according to authorities.

Despite numerous attempts, relatives of the Brown family did not respond to requests for comment from The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office determined Emma’s cause of death as suicide by a gunshot wound to the head, with the autopsy report sealed.

Requests for comment from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office and Peaster Elementary to went unanswered. Mayor Don Smelly of Peaster stated that he was “unable to comment” on the incident.

A spokesperson for the Parker County Sheriff’s Office previously mentioned, “The 12-year-old female juvenile involved in the shooting incident in northwestern Parker County on Sept. 20, 2022, succumbed to her injuries on Sept. 22 at a local hospital.”

“The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and ruled the cause and manner of death as a suicide by a gunshot wound to the head. Her father, who was the victim of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, was recently released from the hospital and is expected to recover.”

“The second 12-year-old female from Lufkin, who Sheriff’s investigators believe was involved in the planning of the shooting, was taken into custody last week and has been charged with conspiracy. Pictures Click Here.

Jake Massey
Jake Massey
Journalist at the Medialinker Group


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