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Grieving father wants answers after son shot by investigators

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OSCEOLA, AR (WMC-TV) - A father is desperate for answers after a federal agent shot and killed his son during a search.

The shooting of 26-year-old Brandon Fountain rocked the small town of Osceola, Arkansas.

"Why did he have to be shot?" asked his father, Bill Fountain.

An FBI agent shot Brandon Fountain on Tuesday in his apartment.  He lived in a duplex with his expectant girlfriend.  Agents said he went for a gun.

"I could see the ambulance in front of Brandon's apartment," said his father.  "They were bringing him out on a gurney."

Bill Fountain said his son, who worked with him at his plumbing company, went home for lunch.  He got a call that something was going on at his son's home and called him.

"I said, 'what's going on?" said Bill Fountain.  "He said, 'they're just asking me some questions.'"

Bill Fountain said he learned the FBI was investigating child pornography.  He said they did not have a search warrant and his son apparently let them in.

Fountain said he went by his son's apartment and agents would not let him in, so he left.

"They had been talking to him for an hour and a half before they shot him," said Bill Fountain.

Bill Fountain said a nervous agent greeted him when he arrived after the shooting.

"He said, 'I don't know what happened in there,'" Fountain recalled.

Bill Fountain asked his family doctor to go to the hospital in Osceola where his son was transported.

"He came out there and told me he'd been shot twice in the back," he said.

Bill Fountain saw his oldest son for the last time at that hospital.

"I kissed him on his head, told him I loved him," said Bill Fountain.  "Keep fighting, we're all praying.

Brandon Fountain was flown to the MED, where he died on the way.

Arkansas State Police said the shooting happened during the execution of a search warrant involving computer crimes.  Bill Fountain said agents did not get the search warrant until after the shooting.

The Arkansas State Police are investigating the shooting.

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