Former West Jefferson resident fatally shot

By Hannah Myers -

Robert Branton

ASHE COUNTY —The fatal shooting in Flordia of a man formerly from West Jefferson is currently under investigation by authorities there.

According to Daytona Beach Shores Police Department, Robert F. Branton, 31, was shot in the leg by his girlfriend, Katie L. Begtrup, 24, at their Daytona Beach Shores apartment shortly after midnight Thursday, Aug. 20.

Begtrup claims that the shooting was an accident that happened after Branton was teaching her how to use a rifle.

Branton was transported to Halifax Medical Center in Port Orange where he later died.

Police have not decided if charges will be filed.

Branton has family currently residing in West Jefferson.

Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.

Robert Branton Branton

By Hannah Myers

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