A Warren County grand jury found today that there was no probable cause to charge an off-duty court security officer with a crime in the shooting death of Brandon Bradshaw, a well-known Bowling Green youth theater director.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office court security officer Thomas Brown shot Bradshaw, 27, three times Feb. 26 in the parking lot of Michelle’s Consignment Boutique at 1135 U.S. 31-W By-Pass. Bradshaw died March 2 at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

In a late afternoon news conference today at the Warren County Justice Center, Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron said the grand jury heard more than eight hours of testimony Tuesday before reaching a decision this morning. 

The grand jury returned a no true bill today on the charges of reckless homicide or second-degree manslaughter, according to Warren Circuit Court records. A crowd of about 50 protesters stood outside of the Justice Center holding signs demanding justice. The shooting death that Cohron characterized as a "senseless tragedy" has sparked widespread outrage in the community.

On Feb. 26 in the moments leading up to the shooting, Brown and Bradshaw had both been traveling south on U.S. 31-W By-Pass, Cohron said. There was an altercation and witness statements showed that both men had been jockeying their vehicles back and forth on the bypass.

Bradshaw pulled into a business on the bypass and Brown pulled into the parking lot of the consignment store next to that business, Cohron said. Bradshaw then pulled in behind Brown. Brown got out of his vehicle in plain clothes. Brown approached Bradshaw's vehicle.

"There was a verbal altercation between the two of them," Cohron said. "At some point in time, Brandon Bradshaw during the altercation attempted to exit the vehicle. Mr. Brown closed the door back on Mr. Bradshaw's truck, and then eyewitness testimony confirmed that at that point in time, Brandon Bradshaw pulled a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson gun, brandished that (toward) Mr. Brown. At that point in time, Mr. Brown pulled a weapon discharging that weapon three times, striking Mr. Bradshaw ... ."

The name of the witness was not released. Cohron said the witness did not have any ties to either man.

The case is considered closed unless "substantial" evidence materializes showing other information, Cohron said.

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THINK

RIALDA ZUKIC exhibited a very INCITEFUL writing style during this unfortunate incident. One should examine the facts before rushing to judgement.

bgresident

I understand the people who were getting impatient for information, but all the answers are out now and all the reasonable questions have been explained. A grand jury of randomly selected CITIZENS has, for two days, reviewed all REPORTS and EVIDENCE and interrogated real WITNESSES and OFFICERS who were at the scene. They are in a far better position to determine whether this case was worthy of going to trial than the emotionally charged conspiracy theorists on a witch hunt who obviously will not believe anything Mr. Coron or KSP says. Anyone with half a brain can now see what happened and why. Its over folks. No cover up or conspiracy this time. It was a tragedy for all involved, especially Bradshaw's family, but it is time to move on.

Loriebell2010

I just wish when ANYONE took responsibility enough to "discharge" a weapon which killed another human that they also took the responsibility to tell the truth and take their consequences. Grow up and at least try to right the wrong. No matter WHAT was going on, shooting another person is never the right thing to do. Obviously Brown did not have a weapon. There really was no mention of Brown being threatening at all. It is all just very sad.

dmnashville

Do you really think they would make mention of a .40 S&W without having one in evidence that was found at the scene of the crime? Do you think Brown noticed that it was .40 S&W during the heat of the moment, or is it possible that the only reason they know the caliber and make of the gun is because it was in fact at the scene?

All the conspiracy theories flying around this tragic incident are ridiculous. Anyone who has been even somewhat close to the case since the beginning has known that Bradshaw pulled a gun.

You can't tell the public about evidence found at a crime scene before it is taken to a grand jury hearing. I feel terrible for both families involved, but lets leave the "cover up" bs out of it. It's not the 1950's any more and any conspiracy theory is only going to make it harder for the families to move on.

jppopper292002

Quote "Mr. Brown closed the door back on Mr. Bradshaw's truck, and then eyewitness testimony confirmed that at that point in time, Brandon Bradshaw pulled a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson gun, brandished that (toward) Mr. Brown. At that point in time, Mr. Brown pulled a weapon discharging that weapon three times, striking Mr. Bradshaw ... ."

An eyewitness said this! My question is, do they have this handgun in EVIDENCE? Does it exist? Did he own one?

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