Shotgunned Miami police officer expected to recover

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm •  Published: April 14, 2010
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— A Miami police officer wounded in a Tuesday night shoot-out is expected to make a full recovery, while the suspect shot by two officers remains in serious condition, Police Chief Gary Anderson said.

Five-year veteran officer Michael Brashers, 38, who was hit in the hip by a shotgun blast, is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday, Anderson said.

The man who police said fired the shotgun, Kevin Eugene Brownfield, 38, of Miami, remained in serious condition today. He was shot in the left arm and stomach when two officers responding to a report of domestic violence opened fire on him, Anderson said.

The shooting happened at Chisholm Trail Apartments about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Miami police were sent to the apartment complex after receiving a 911 call involving a report of domestic violence with a firearm.

"He was on the balcony with a shotgun and confronted the officers as they were coming up the stairs to the balcony," Anderson said. "They were coming to the stairway and officer Brashers was in front. He was still probably a distance of about 20 to 30 feet away."

Witnesses told police they heard both officers tell the man numerous times to put the gun down, but Brownfield refused, Anderson said.

"Then he raised it toward the officer, they shot and he discharged his shotgun basically at the same time," the chief said. "At least that's what it looks like."

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. Brashers and first-year officer Richard Cummings have been placed on routine administrative leave, pending the outcome of the state investigation, Anderson said.