2 years later, mother of dead teen wants answers

Published 1:45 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

Two years ago tomorrow, tragedy struck when an 18-year-old was shot and killed.

As of Friday afternoon, no arrests have been made in the case, and Sheriff Dennis Meeks said the case hasn’t gone before a grand jury yet.

The victim, Christopher James Briton, was shot and killed on Country Cross Road April 30, 2015.

At the time, Chief Deputy David Anderson said that deputies were dispatched to a residence at Country Cross Roads near Florala at around 9:30 p.m.

“When they arrived on scene, they discovered a male that was deceased, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound,” he said at the time.

At the time of the shooting, the Covington County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release stating the other subject involved in the shooting was Christopher Francis Brito, 57, who was identified as the young man’s father, but no other details were released, including the circumstances surrounding what led up to the shooting.

A week after the shooting, Meeks told the Star-News that he didn’t think there would be an outright arrest, but that the case would go before the grand jury.

Brito’s mother, Donna, said the shooting happened in front of her 12-year-old daughter.

Donna Brito reached out to the Star-News this week.

“Sunday, April 30, will be two years since my 18-year-old son, Christopher James Brito, was shot and killed,” she said.

Donna Brito, who was not at the home, when the shooting occurred, alleged that her estranged husband shot and killed their son from the living/dining room area of the doublewide trailer.

“Christopher was shot in the front of the chest and was seen by me laying on the front porch,” she said. “I got a call from my 12-year-old daughter telling me Christopher was dead and her father had shot him.”

The Britos, though estranged, are still married, she said.

Brito described what could only be a mother’s worst nightmare.

“I saw my son covered with a sheet, lifted on a gurney and placed in an ambulance,” she said. “It was my daughter who made the 911 call. My husband did leave a message on my phone, though, I found out later.”

Donna Brito claims that that her husband was never arrested, never brought to the station and never had an alcohol screening.

Brito said she had protection from abuse order from her husband that was granted to her two days before the incident.

According to Okaloosa County court records, a final injunction for protection against domestic violence was entered against Christopher F. Brito on April 28, 2015.

As part of the order, Brito was required to not have in his care, custody, possession or control, any firearm or ammunition.

Donna Brito issued a plea this week for help in getting justice for her son’s death.

“Sunday, two years ago, my 18-year-old due to graduate and go to the military was (shot) and no one has done anything about it. Can someone please help?”