Holmes Co. Sheriff News Conference Following Officer Involved Shooting

HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. - Following a deputy involved shooting yesterday afternoon at a Westville residence, the Holmes County Sheriff's Office holds a press conference to address the matter.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating, but Sheriff John Tate said that the incident yesterday afternoon began as a domestic disturbance call between a mother and son.

When Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene, they spoke to the mother who was at a neighbor's house. 

After speaking with her, they went to talk to her son, William "Scrub" Brewer. 

They communicated with him through a wall in the garage, but Sheriff Tate said the communication didn't last long.

"While they were standing at the door, there was glass in the door, so they could see the suspect light some kind of fire bomb, Molotov Cocktail, not exactly sure what it was -- fire marshals are investigating. But, he threw it down and set the house on fire inside the door to prevent deputies from entering the house," he said.

Tate said the suspect also started a fire at the front entrance so the deputies could not get in that way.

He then retreated to a bedroom in the back of the house.

"The deputies went and took cover behind vehicles and called for assistance. A few minutes later he broke te window out and stuck a long gun out the window and then gunfire was exchanged with the deputies, between them and the suspect," Tate said.

Sheriff Tate said the suspect then communicated to deputies that he had been hit. 

Despite the dangerous situation, first responders went inside to rescue Brewer.

"One of our deputies along with a medic -- one of our SWAT team medics, entered the residence and was able to remove him through the window while the house was on fire," said Tate.

Brewer was air lifted to Southeast Alabama Medical Center for surgery with four gunshot wounds, and is currently in Intensive Care in critical condition. He could face up to four charges. 

The three deputies who were involved in the shootout are on routine paid administrative leave, pending investigations.




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