Authorities name three suspects in custody after two Franklin County brothers shot, one dead

Shooting happened early Tuesday morning


Authorities have named the three suspects in custody in connection to a fatal shooting in Franklin County.

Te’Sean Brooks, 19, of Henry is charged with three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling. Qu’Shawn Manns, 20, of Rocky Mount is charged with one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling. Treavon Taylor, 20, of Hardy is charged with one count of robbery in residence.

Brooks and Taylor are being held without bond at the Franklin County Jail. Manns is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Nolen at 540-483-6662.


The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says two men are in custody.

They are both charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling. Additional charges are expected.

UPDATE 6:20 P.M.

The Franklin County’s Sheriff’s Office released the names of the victims of a shooting in Franklin County that happened just before 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

20-year-old Justin Prillaman was found dead when authorities arrived on scene. His brother, 18-year-old Matthew Prillaman, is still hospitalized. His condition is unknown.

The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE 3:45 P.M.

All day Tuesday, access to the 100 block of Salthouse Branch Road was limited as Franklin County sheriff’s deputies tried to piece together what happened at a home on the block just before 4:30 a.m.

“We were surprised because this neighborhood’s not like that,” Billy Sowers, who lives nearby, said when asked about his reaction to the shooting.

He said what sounded like a race on the road around the time of the shooting woke him up and then shortly after he heard sirens.

According to the sheriffs office, the two men shot were brothers and they lived at home.

One was found dead, the other was flown to a hospital in Roanoke for treatment. Their names had not been released Tuesday afternoon.

Sowers said an elderly couple owns the home where the shooting happened.

“They’re really good people. We used to go to church with them until (the husband) got Alzheimer’s and got bedridden to where he couldn’t go,” said Sowers.

The search continues for the suspect or suspects and the sheriff’s office hadn’t released any information about a possible suspect description as of Tuesday afternoon.

That doesn’t bother Sowers.

“Not as long as I’m close to my pistol,” Sowers said, laughing. “I mean, I’ll protect my home if that’s what it takes.”

The sheriffs office was also unable to tell 10 News Tuesday if the shooting happened inside or outside the home, if there were other people at the home aside from the two brothers, how many shots were fired, whether the suspect or suspects fled on foot or in a car and what led to the shooting.

UPDATE, 11 a.m.

Authorities say they are searching for a suspect after a shooting that left one person dead and another injured. The two victims are reportedly brothers.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies are searching for a suspect. Authorities did not share any details on the suspect.

10 News has a crew on the scene working to learn more information.


One person is dead and another is hurt after a shooting in Franklin County, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say they received a 911 call around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday for a report of shots fired. Deputies and Virginia State Police troopers responded to a house in the 100 block of Salthouse Branch Road in Henry.

Once they arrived, deputies say they found one person dead and another person with gunshot wounds. The injured victim was taken to a local hospital for medical care.

According to the sheriff’s office, early evidence leads authorities to believe that the shooter left the scene before deputies arrived.

As of 9 a.m., deputies say there is no vehicle description or direction of travel.

Authorities are asking residents in the area to be alert and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Nolen with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-6662.

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