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.