Man Shot By Deputies Files Lawsuit

Deputies thought it was a gun, but it was actually a prosthetic leg.

Now, a Bourbon County man is suing the sheriff and the deputies who ended up shooting him in September.

There are seven counts in the lawsuit. Robert Brewer says his civil and constitutional rights were violated less than a year ago on a neighbor's farm.

The lawsuit seeks punitive and compensatory damages from Bourbon County Sheriff Mark Matthews and two of his deputies, Ed Rogers and Guy Turner, who responded that night to a farm near Brewer's home.

Brewer states in the lawsuit he was going through a stressful domestic situation, and found a large tree to rest under on the farm.

The lawsuit says Brewer removed his prosthetic leg and placed it on the ground on the opposite side of the tree from where he was sitting.

Police say Brewer was drunk and neighbors called the Sheriff's Department to investigate.

Two deputies responded to the farm and found Brewer sitting under the tree. The lawsuit states the deputies yelled, "get out from under the tree and drop your weapon."

The lawsuit says Brewer told them he didn't have a weapon and claims at that point, one or both of the deputies opened fire on him. He was shot twice.

The suit goes on to say at some point before the paramedics arrived, Turner recognized the plaintiff and exclaimed, "Oh my God, can't believe we shot Robbie Brewer!"

Sheriff Matthews says he hasn't had a chance to read the lawsuit and therefore has no comment at this time.

Brewer lost his leg in a car accident 17 years ago.


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  • by hal Location: Ky. on Jan 22, 2008 at 04:58 PM
    So these idiots were shooting into darkness?
  • by anan Location: ky on Jan 22, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    Another bogus lawsuit, looking for money..How can these cops possibly be sued for doing their job? They were just doing their jobs. They were protecting and serving the community. Sad situation.
  • by Don Location: London on Jan 22, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    The only thing the deputies are guilty of is poor marksmanship.
  • by Elle Location: Paris on Jan 21, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    This should not have gone this far. Brewer and the Brewer family are just looking for money. Stop using drugs and you would have money. You are an adult act like it. Take responsablity for yourself. Once again you were DRUNK
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: PAINTSVILLE on Jan 19, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    DO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT TWO DEPUTIES WHERE RESPONDING TO A DRUNK AT NIGHT. WHEN THEY YELLED AT HIM TO GET FROM UNDER A TREE , AT NIGHT ,HE REACHED FOR SOMETHING THEY THOUGHT WAS A GUN. RIGHT? IF I WAS IN THE DEPUTIES SHOES I WOULD HAVE SHOT AT HIM FIRST TO. DID THEY KNOW THAT HE HAD LOST HIS LEG YEARS AGO? PROBLY NOT. I DEFENG THE DEPUTIES ACTIONS TO THE FULLEST.
  • by dumb Location: dumber on Jan 19, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    poor old mattew's and his deputy dogs
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    Don,t think he's got a leg to stand on

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