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CROWN POINT — A Merrillville man was charged Thursday with murdering his brother by shooting him five times in the chest, arm and back.

Kafele L. Ward-Brown, 20, was taken into custody about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday after returning to his home in the 7500 block of Hendricks Street following hours of police activity there, Lake Criminal Court records say.

Police responded to the home about 5 a.m. and found Ward-Brown's brother, Dennis Ward, 27, had climbed through a window and was lying wounded in the backyard.

Officers observed a pool of blood on the windowsill and a streak of blood on the outside edge of the window, according to court records.

Officers safely removed Dennis Ward from the yard to an ambulance. He died about 6 a.m. at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

As police secured the scene, they noticed several children inside. The children did not respond to officers' attempts to call them out.

The homeowner arrived on scene and was able to call the four children out, records say.

Officers requested help from the Northwest Regional SWAT Team to clear the house, but found no one else inside, police said. 

One of the children later told police Ward-Brown ran from the home after several shots were fired in the basement area, records say.

When police encountered Brown-Ward later that morning, he allegedly said he was turning himself in because he didn't want police to "go on a manhunt" for him, records say.

Brown-Ward also is accused of telling police, "People make mistakes all the time. Now I'm going to have to face the consequences."

During an autopsy, investigators found the Dennis Ward's fatal wound was to the upper back, between the shoulder blades, at close range, records say.

Online court records did not yet list an attorney for Brown-Ward or indicate when an initial hearing is scheduled. He is being held without bail.

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Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.