A Warrenville man was arrested and charged after he allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend on Wednesday morning, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.


Todd Brown, 46, has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and first degree burglary. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Wednesday afternoon.


Officers were called to a home on Pine Street in Warrenville at 7:19 a.m. on Wednesday, where they found a woman in the front yard with a gunshot wound, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. The victim was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center where she later died.


The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Lacey Parker of Warrenville, according to Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables of the Aiken County Coroner's Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning in Newberry.


According to reports, the assailant kicked in the front door of the home where he got into a verbal and physical fight with the Parker, who was his ex-girlfriend. The argument later ended outside the home, and a witness told deputies that they heard shots being fired.


The assailant fled before deputies arrived on scene but was later arrested.


The incident rattled those living in the vicinity of the shooting.


“My mama came busting in my room this morning and telling me (the victim) was dead, she was outside,” said neighbor Teri Toole. “We woke up, and there (were) cop cars everywhere. I saw them putting her in the ambulance, but didn't see if she was moving.”


Brown is reportedly the owner of Brown's Tire Service on Augusta Road in Warrenville. Scott Williams said he's known Brown personally and professionally, and was shocked at the news.


“He's a pillar in the community down there. He's had that business for over 20 years,” Williams said. “I couldn't believe it. This man took care of his elderly mother, had his brother living with him. He was an all around good guy.”


According to the Aiken County detention center website, Brown has been charged in the past with criminal domestic violence, assault and drug-related offenses.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010.