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.
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