Bradshaw tests have different outcomes

Brandon Bradshaw

Two toxicology screens performed on fluid samples taken the day a man was shot Feb. 26 on U.S. 31-W By-Pass resulted in two different conclusions: one positive for marijuana, the other negative.

The shooting was the end result of an incident related to a road interaction between motorists Brandon Bradshaw, 27, who was a youth theater educator and former constable, and Tommy Brown, who at that time was an off-duty, Warren County Sheriff’s Office court security officer. Both men were armed with handguns. Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said during a March 27 news conference that to his knowledge, Brown was not administered any tests to check for the presence of drugs or alcohol in his system.

Kentucky State Police investigated the shooting and declined to comment on why Brown was not tested.

The case was closed March 27 when a Warren County grand jury did not find sufficient evidence to charge Brown with any crime in the shooting that led to Bradshaw’s death March 2 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. After filing an open records request with state police March 28, the Daily News on April 25 received a copy of the 190-page investigative file. KSP withheld Bradshaw’s toxicology report.

The Daily News appealed that decision to the office of the Kentucky attorney general, which held that KSP improperly withheld that information. 

The Daily News subsequently received blood toxicology results from KSP on Tuesday and received urine toxicology results from the agency this morning.

A post-mortem toxicology analysis performed on a blood sample taken from Bradshaw the day he was shot while he was still alive shows that Bradshaw did not have any illegal substances in his bloodstream, according to the report issued by NMS Labs based in Willow Grove, Penn. NMS, a national laboratory, tested the blood on behalf of Forensic Medical Management Services in Nashville.

The blood sample was obtained from Bradshaw at 6:10 p.m. Feb. 26, according to the NMS lab report.

A urine drug screen performed by The Medical Center at 2:45 p.m. Feb. 26 shows that Bradshaw tested positive for marijuana, according to that report. Bradshaw was briefly treated at The Medical Center before being taken to Vanderbilt.

Drug detection performed through an analysis of urine typically has a longer detection window than a blood drug screen, according to an NMS lab spokesperson.


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