Moments after off-duty court security officer Tommy Brown shot youth theater educator Brandon Bradshaw on Feb. 26 in the parking lot of a business on U.S. 31-W By-Pass, witness Ashley Crowe, who was talking to her husband on her cellphone, screamed into the phone that she had just seen a shooting. She drove to the Ford's Furniture parking lot on Scottsville Road and vomited.

She called 911.

After filing an open records request with Kentucky State Police on March 28, the Daily News earlier today received a copy of the 190-page investigative file. 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 lead to Bradshaw's death March 2 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Police interviewed Crowe on Feb. 28. She was facing south in traffic on the bypass and was talking to her husband when she saw a truck driven by Brown in the parking lot of Michelle’s Consignment Boutique at 1135 U.S. 31-W By-Pass stop suddenly as if it were about to pull back onto the bypass. Crowe then saw a white truck, driven by Bradshaw, pull in behind Brown, according to the police records.

Brown got out of his truck and walked "abruptly" to Bradshaw's truck, records show. Crowe said Brown was yelling and waving his hands in the air, and Crowe described his demeanor as "agitated." Bradshaw rolled down his window. Crowe saw Brown point his finger in Bradshaw's face. Bradshaw then attempted to open his door and Brown prevented him from doing so. Crowe then saw Bradshaw pull a gun from somewhere in his truck and point it in Brown's direction, police records show. She recalled telling her husband "the man in the truck has a gun," records show.

She then saw Brown pull his shirt up and retrieve a gun from his waist. She noted that there appeared to be a struggle between the two men, and then she heard two shots. It appeared to Crowe that Brown's arm was inside the cab of the truck when he fired the weapon. He then took two steps back and lowered his gun. She saw Bradshaw slumped over and bleeding with a hole under his left ear.

Crowe did not witness the events leading up to the shooting.

The investigation shows that Bradshaw was shot three times.

Brown told police that in the events leading up to the shooting, Bradshaw had cut him off in traffic while Brown and his wife were discussing having lunch at Arby's. Brown honked at Bradshaw and rolled down his window. Bradshaw also rolled down his window and at that time, Brown said, "Man, you almost hit me," to which Bradshaw replied that "almost only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades," then said an expletive and raised his middle finger, according to the case file.

The two men jockeyed back and forth in traffic before stopping.

— The Daily News will have more in Friday's edition.


(17) comments

They Call Me Bad News

@ElvisInKy.. Brown didn't threaten anyone or make any threatening gestures. He didn't nearly cause an accident, he didn't curse at someone after said incident, he didn't flip anyone off, he didn't follow anyone into a parking lot, and he didn't instigate the use of deadly force.

Clearly, HE was in the wrong because he may have appeared agitated to some.

It is astounding that people will ignore everything that Bradshaw did, and I mean every bit of it, to paint him as an innocent victim.


All you guys talk about the "Good ole' boy" certificate like it really means something. They gave those things out to anyone who wanted them as a joke. It came about when Elden Reneau was mayor of Bowling Green and complained everytime he wanted to push something down our throats and couldn't it was because of the good ole' boys. He was just mad because he couldn't get his good ole' union boys in there. I have one and don't particularlly care for any of the elected.


It is an unfortunate situation all the way around, however, when anyone can get a permit and carry a firearm..... If someone pulled a gun on me, I would shoot also, and none of you can say you would not! You may have liked one of these men more than the other, but if you read all of the reports, Bradshaw pulled a gun first, please don't be so quick to judge, only God will do that.


"While Brown told police that he remained calm throughout the incident and never lost his temper, two witness accounts seem to conflict with his self assessment."

So Brown did stay ? His questioning happened on scene ? Brown claims to be calm yet witnesses say an angered and agitated man is what they saw.

Brown never had to stop. Brown never had to pursue the situation.Bradshaw being dead and not able to offer his version of events is certainly favorable to Brown.

Gut feeling is that we will never know the entire truth. My gut feeling is that Brown got away with it so to speak. In the coming days it will be interesting how our our local leaders of law enforcement follow up with the reassurance of the public trust.

Bob Talley
Voter / Taxpayer


rown got out of his truck and walked "abruptly" to Bradshaw's truck, records show. Crowe said Brown was yelling and waving his hands in the air, and Crowe described his demeanor as "agitated." Bradshaw rolled down his window. Crowe saw Brown point his finger in Bradshaw's face. Bradshaw then attempted to open his door and Brown prevented him from doing so. Crowe then saw Bradshaw pull a gun from somewhere in his truck and point it in Brown's direction, police records show. She recalled telling her husband "the man in the truck has a gun," records show."

Yes,yes this sounds to me as if Brown was calm,cool and collected. Why I bet he was just about to Bradshaw to church and Sunday dinner before things went bad. Brown upon first impression is out right back peddling and resorting to having to lie in order to save his own skin.

Bob Talley
Voter / Taxpayer


@ They Call Me Bad News--- From the information reported by the BGDN and WBKO Brown left the scene and authorities went to his home. So those are my two sources of information. I have not read otherwise. So the correct version is that Brown stayed and spoke to police then was released. Also being a Voter / Taxpayer and never claiming to be a law expert a man shot another man yet was not requested to provide blood and urine samples ? He was not read his rights ? So law enforcement simply cut the guy loose based upon his version all the while witnesses portrayed him as being upset and angered ?

Can you see why the vast majority of fellow Voter / Taxpayers including myself are questioning the events of that day and how things were handled. Two and two should add up to four but so far it just isn't. Of course a vital section of the truth puzzle is dead and silent.

Bob Talley
Voter /. Taxpayer


There are a lot of 'Should have, could have and would have' to go around in this particular subject. Unfortunate is an understatement for Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Brown who in my opinion could have avoided this all by calling 911 or just pulling away when the truck pulled in behind him! I have a section of KRS 503.055 which may likely create stronger opinions, increased anger or answer some questions for some of those who can't figure it out. As you read these LAW's you will see that Bradshaw had the right to shoot Brown and in my opinion Brown had "a little bit of grounds" to do what he did. I know that if Jason Shumway and Mr. Brown were the same person. JASON SHUMWAY would be in jail! May God bless all affected by this tragedy.

KRS § 503.055
Use of defensive force regarding dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle --
(1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or
great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is
intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:
(a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of
unlawfully and forcibly entering or had unlawfully and forcibly entered a
dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was
attempting to remove another against that person's will from the dwelling,
residence, or occupied vehicle; and
(b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an
unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had
(2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) of this section does not apply if:
(a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or
is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner,
lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from
domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against
that person;
(b) The person sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or is otherwise in
the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of the person against
whom the defensive force is used;
(c) The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is
using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful
activity; or (d) The person against whom the defensive force is used is a peace officer, as
defined in KRS 446.010, who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling,
residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official duties, and the
officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or
the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person
entering or attempting to enter was a peace officer.
(3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any
other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right
to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or
she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm
to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a felony involving 22
the use of force.
(4) A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person's
dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent
to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.
Effective: July 12, 2006
History: Created 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 192, sec. 2, effective July 12, 2006. ALSO

KRS § 503.060
Improper use of physical force in self-protection.
Notwithstanding the provisions of KRS 503.050, the use of physical force by a defendant
upon another person is not justifiable when:
(1) The defendant is resisting an arrest by a peace officer, recognized to be acting under
color of official authority and using no more force than reasonably necessary to
effect the arrest, although the arrest is unlawful; or
(2) The defendant, with the intention of causing death or serious physical injury to the
other person, provokes the use of physical force by such other person; or
(3) The defendant was the initial aggressor, except that his use of physical force upon
the other person under this circumstance is justifiable when:
(a) His initial physical force was nondeadly and the force returned by the other is
such that he believes himself to be in imminent danger of death or serious
physical injury; or
(b) He withdraws from the encounter and effectively communicates to the other
person his intent to do so and the latter nevertheless continues or threatens the
use of unlawful physical force.
Effective: January 1, 1975
History: Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 31, effective January 1, 1975


Brown said he was"very calm" whan he exited his vehicle. There are no less than two witnesses who said otherwise, one said he was "yelling and agitated", another said Brown was yelling and very "hostile" in his body langyage. When Brown pushed the door shut and told Bradshaw to "stay in the truck", he committed the crime of at least 2nd degree unlawfull imprisonment(krs 509.030) and more likely 1st degree unlawful inprisonment(krs 509.020). So Bradshaw brandishes his weapon, probably to prevent himself from being a victim of any further crime, and "quickdraw" Brown then pulls his weapon and shoots Bradshaw. In my opinion this is not self defense.


Now lets hear the story from the dead man.....oops, don't guess we will be able to hear that. My guess is that it would be somewhat different than and only one that we did get to hear that led up to the final events. Something to remember is that "dead people can't talk". Hummmm go figure.


Spot, on, Mike. It is always the same when it comes to online trolls: they never use their real name, they can only insult people by throwing ad hominem attacks, etc.... God forbid that any of us citizens in Warren display even a modicum of concern for our fellow citizens. Unless we are ready to have erudite souls such as the likes of "they call me...(a troll)" to "enlighten" us.


Boy, oh boy--no one provokes like a provoker, right...'They Call Me Bad News', it's what you're always here're smarter than anyone else, and you're here to let 'em know it, and be as big a human isthmus as possible along the way.

I'm here to say to two posters below:
Larry, you're exactly correct--back to the old West, for us, here in the 'grey area' (but no 'little grey cells')...
and Bob, you ARE too--well-stated, as usual.

You have to have lived in BG long enough to know how correct both these men are, and anyone saying any differently might do well to cook up his trouble over on Youtube--where 'anything goes' is kept to it's correct low hum of that LCD-level, and it's always idiotic kids with too much unsupervised 'net time after din-din.

Also, 'dowilliams', you're right, too--that 'Good Ol' Boy' plaque has been openly, shamelessly displayed in local downtown offices for decades now--all signed by 'Michael O' Buchannon'--M.O.B.--to show that 'this person' has 'our approval', and all whatever else nonsense they arrogantly confer on a person who apparently knows no shame in their fraternizing and cronyistic skills--regular Olympians in that B.S., I'm quite sure, and when I recall all those who've had that thing on their walls, every one had the attitude, personally, that they could get away with anything they wanted, and 'here's why'.

So, kudos to Mike Buchannon for helping purport the mythos of BG being yet another 'little Chicago', and 'his town', etc., etc., but these guys are literally begging to be outed, and then, ousted, from every one of their jobs to make way for 'any new breed' of local political authority who will begin listening to the needs of the few, and the underspoken, and the unheralded, here in my hometown, so that justice will end up being the shared right and responsibility of all of us, and not just those who have publicly donated enough to enough various 'approved charities' to garnish that lofty achievement.

Pure bunk, and it needs to stop.

As for 'They Call Me' need to come on out and admit that provoking people here is wrong, and stop doing it--you've done this to every single commenter on this site for a year now, and it also needs to be stopped--if you're too smallish to do it, to salvage 'the remains' of what little self-respect you have left, the DN needs to make it happen for us who often see things differently, but spare each other the trifling, thuggish, calling out you do here on a constant basis.

Hope you're on the clock here, because I assure you I'm 'after hours' in belittling you from my end. (posterior gaseous emission noise included, hope it wafts your way).

They Call Me Bad News

Larry, that is a tired and stupid remark. We've been hearing for years that CCDW's would result in all sorts of carnage. We're still waiting for it to materialize.

They Call Me Bad News

Mr Talley,

Brown "escalated" the situation by asking Bradshaw what his problem was. I don't think that's aggressive.

Bradshaw instigated the threat of deadly force for no reason and Brown responded well within the confines of the law. He wasn't popped for leaving the scene of a homicide because he didn't leave the scene. He gave a statement to the authorities. He wasn't taken into custody because his statement and that of an eyewitness were consistent with each other and with the evidence at the scene.

Read the investigation, people. It saves you from sounding ignorant.


In summation: 2 men encountered each other on the roadway. One of them didn't like being cut off in traffic. As one of them pulled over into a parking lot the other deemed it necessary to approach him with a loaded weapon, reached into his car, and shot him 3 times because he didn't like being cut off in traffic. The shooter then drove home without being charged and/or barely even investigated. I can't tell you how many times I have been cut off in traffic or nearly run off the road. Yet, I never thought that I should chase someone into a parking lot, approach them "abruptly" with a loaded firearm, reach into their vehicle as they pointed a gun at me, only to shoot them 3 times and drive away as if nothing had happened. Perhaps Brown was the one to flash his gun as he walked up to Bradshaw in an aggressive manner causing him to brandish his weapon to warn him to stay back. Point of fact, there actually is a plaque inside one of the judge's offices in the old courthouse that says "Good Ol Boy Club". Imagine my shock....


I have one more to add.

AND... Why was it okay for a Man to simply go home after such an incident ? Who went to get him ? What was Browns mind frame? Who would would think it's all good to discharge a firearm in broad daylight, shoot another human being and then simply leave and head for the house ?


AND.....Why were there no charges filed against Brown for leaving the scene of a homicide ?

AND.....Why wasn't Brown taken into custody read his rights and submit to drug and alcohol testing ?

From the start this situation could have been handled better than it was.Better by the two men involved. Better by our law enforcement. Better by our elected. Unless more information comes forward I will always think that the score is "Good Old Boys Network 1 and the Voter / Taxpayer 0 yet again.

I still don't understand how Brown can stop his vehicle, get out and then approach a car that he didn't have to approach at all yet he is innocent . Brown could have very well drove on but made the decision to escalate the situation and this is still self defense. Seems to me Brown was the aggressor. Brown and Bradshaw had words and Brown came back. Then it went to pulling firearms.

So I ask anyone to please explain to me if I am failing to understand the situation. I welcome correction if I have it wrong. I think the State Attorney General should step up and step in.

Bob Talley
Voter / Taxpayer / Confused

Larry Fiehn

With basically ANYONE being able to get a concealed-carry permit now, look for lots more shootouts in the future. Back to the wild, wild west, folks! [sad]

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