A Macclesfield man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of his son-in-law in Nashville.

Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett said Monday night in a news release that John Henry Adams III, 58, of the 7200 block of N.C. 43 North in Macclesfield, was charged with first-degree murder for the death of his 30-year-old son-in-law, Bobby Braswell.

“This was an isolated incident, and the Nashville Police Department made the scene safe immediately upon their arrival. A loss of life is always a tragedy, and we ask that you please keep the families involved in this tragic incident in your prayers,” Puckett said in the news release.

Nashville police responded about 11:19 a.m. Monday to 1116 Mulberry Road in Nashville in response to reports of a shooting victim. The Nashville Fire Department and Nash County Emergency Medical Services also were dispatched to the scene.

Nashville police officers were the first to arrive at the scene and began administering potentially life-saving measures until emergency personnel arrived. These measures were continued until medical personnel concluded that Braswell was dead, Puckett said.

Adams was still at the scene when police arrived. He was immediately detained without any further incident, Puckett said.


The investigation of the incident revealed that Braswell and his wife had a history of domestic violence. Braswell’s wife said that he had moved out of the home, though it is still listed as his address. He was also still staying at the home some of the time, Braswell’s wife told police.

Braswell’s wife said she called her father, Adams, on Monday morning after Braswell arrived at the home. Once Adams arrived, a fight broke out between the woman’s husband and father.

“A physical altercation ensued between Adams and Braswell, which unfortunately turned deadly for the victim,” Puckett said. “The information that investigators received is that the victim was running from the location after the physical altercation and was shot by the offender while running away.”

The case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office and first-degree murder warrants were issued for Adams, Puckett said. He was arrested and jailed without bond in the Nash County Detention Center. Adams has a first appearance scheduled Tuesday at Nash County District Court in Nashville.

“The Nashville Police Department would like to thank the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case,” Puckett said. “We would also like to thank the residents that assisted in life-saving measures and those that came forward with information and video that assisted in the investigation.”