Man Shot By Police: Family Speaks Out

A Bourbon County man is recovering Sunday after he was shot Friday night by a a central Kentucky sheriff's deputy.

Police say Robert Brewer, 37, was drunk and threatened the deputy with a gun, but Brewer's family has a different story and says police have it all wrong.

On Sunday Brewer's brother-in-law talked exclusively to 27 NEWSFIRST and says what police thought was a gun was actually something quite different.

The Brewer family says Robert has lived a tough life.
About 15 years-ago he was involved in a car accident that left him with only one leg, and after many surgeries he is now able to get around with the help of a wooden leg.

More recently Jeff Ishmael, Brewer's brother in-law says he's been depressed over a recent divorce.

Ishmael says that's why he decided to go into this field Friday night.
Neighbors say Brewer had been drinking and was lingering around on private property and they called police.

The Bourbon county sheriff's department arrived after dark and according to Ishmael began searching the farm.

Ishmael says the police thought Brewer's wooden leg, propped up against a tree, must have been a gun, and that's what prompted police to shoot.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting, but neither Kentucky State Police or the Bourbon County Sheriff Department would comment on the investigation or if Brewer had a gun at the time.

The Brewer family says the sheriff's department has not contacted them.

They're still hoping for some explanation of what happened Friday night.

PARIS, Ky. (AP) - A sheriff's deputy in central Kentucky shot a man who police said was drunk and threatening the officer Friday night.

Bourbon County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Rogers responded to a complaint about an intoxicated man on Coulthard Lane in Paris, state police said. When Rogers arrived at the home, he encountered Robert Brewer, 37, who told Rogers he had a weapon.

The officer says Brewer threatened him and then made a quick
movement. Rogers fired a shot at the man, disabling him.

Brewer was taken to the hospital in Bourbon County and was later
flown to University of Kentucky Hospital. A spokesperson for the U.K. Medical Center said Brewer is listed in fair condition.

State police are investigating the shooting.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by bob on Sep 27, 2007 at 08:03 AM
    oh let's feel sorry for robbie! HE has caused ANOTHER accident by involving drugs and alcohol-wake up-go to rehab-this is your 3rd chance-do it for your kids
  • by billy Location: bowen on Sep 27, 2007 at 03:58 AM
    Hey fed up, location central. Yeah, some people r stupid. It's a wonder you're not in jail yourself with that kind of attitude and respect (lack of it) for people. Let the courts figure it out man. If you're a law abiding citizen and you shoot someone, you'll probably get more time than if the crook had shot you.. Cee ya.
  • by Anonymous Location: lexington on Sep 26, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    Please don"t feel sorry for Robbie that is his best defensefor him is his pity party. Robbie has a deep dark secret he has to live with and it has haunted him for 17 years He needs to be in rehab. which that probably won't help because he will always have to live for the death of Alain So grow up and face your DEMONS Be a man!!!!!!! And Cristal that was a very nice letter you wrote It's all so true.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Sep 26, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    I've read the story and all the comments and I can only come to one conclusion; He ain't got a leg to stand on!
  • by Lexus Location: Paris on Sep 25, 2007 at 08:03 PM
    J if you bothered to read the story you will find the following "The Brewer family says Robert has lived a tough life. About 15 years-ago he was involved in a car accident that left him with only one leg, and after many surgeries he is now able to get around with the help of a wooden leg." Perhaps this comment by the Brewer family is what is so upsetting to those of us who knew and remember Alaine, the other person who lost his life in that same vehicle. So what you are saying is that it is acceptable for his family to use this statement to their advantage, however those of us who use the same accident to make a point are bringing up something that has no bearing. Read before you write, the Brewer Family brought it up.
  • by Sue Location: Campton on Sep 25, 2007 at 03:22 PM
    Articles point out that neither KSP nor Bourbon Sheriff's Dept. would comment on the investigation or state whether Brewer had a gun. Here's why.. Not enough factual information has been presented at this time to come to any well-informed conclusions. AP reports that Brewer informed the officer that he had a weapon, and that the officer was threatened by Brewer. Sometimes the media doesn't get all the particulars exactly right (like the poor farmer that I read about today that perished in a farming accident - one version says a hay baler fell on him, the other that a tractor ran over him). My ears have been witness to events unfolding over scanners as well - sometimes they can be misleading during the heat of the moment when emotions are running high. I'm still going to wait until the KSP and Bourbon Sheriff's Dept. release an official statment pertaining to the "facts of this incident". After that it's up to the courts anyway, where points of law (not character) are argued.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2007 at 01:25 PM
    so you think he just wandered into the field on private property.Yeah lots of us have drank, but to be on crack,pills and alcohol you can do some silly stuff. What was he doing there, huh? Why did he run into the field, why did he threaten the police officer.You think maybe he had drugs on him, he was driving drunk and on drugs?What was this guy wrongly doing??? I don't care if he was drunk or drinking! Drugs yeah! and no he should'nt be driving drinking.Why bring up 17yrs ago because he will never learn.He needs to get a life or HELP!!He has 3 children he can't take care of and even his wife doesn't.His mom has them because they are whacked on drugs.he's lost everything he had from the money of the lawsuit from 17yrs ago thanks to his drugs. Go sit down "I've known their family for 7yrs" Ive known them for 25yrs- all of the family. Jeff Ishmael is also the biggest loser too! He likes lawsuits too, big adviser he is!!!
  • by jake Location: richmond on Sep 25, 2007 at 01:09 PM
    hey j in paris.. most people have never had police problems.. most have nevr got so drunk they wondered on to other peoples property which is two crimes and for sure most people never have threatened the police.. if you do you deserve what happens, if a drunk wondered onto my property and threatened me let me assure you he would wish the cops were around. i don't know this guy but i would make a bet he is a loser and probably most of his family members are losers.
  • by fed-up Location: central on Sep 25, 2007 at 01:04 PM
    Some people are stupid. To J in Paris, Contrary to popular belief, NO, unlike you, and apparently your parents, not everyone are drunks, and not everyone obliviously wonders onto private property. Pee, you watch to many bad movies, not everyone gets shot by the police, mostly those that deserve it. Sue, there are many "bad people" that deserve to be shot. Many more of the dead beats deserve it than who actually get it, read the news, I can pick out a few that needs it daily. They should take his wooden leg and beat him with it. One things for sure, at the end of my shift, I'm going home to my family. If it takes me shooting a drunk, wood legged crack head, well guess what?
  • by laughing Location: winchester on Sep 25, 2007 at 12:20 PM
    I agree with you all... "P" I believe I would change my name lmao... What I want to know is from the Cristal Location: Paris the sister of the brother in the accident with this drunk... How did your mother get sued if he was driving the car when it was wrecked? Seems you all would have a lawsuit against him for untimely death of your brother... Either way I gotta go "P" so you stay out of trouble and know that he deserves nothing but a long stay in the jail. If nothing else it will sober him up a bit and maybe he will become a better productive person! Then again maybe not....


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