Court papers describe Bothell man's fatal encounter with deputy
Brandon Ray Brown, 27, the Bothell man who was fatally shot in his home by a sheriff's deputy on Sunday, had a long history of threatening his family, according to papers filed in court on Tuesday.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 27-year-old Bothell man held a cane over his head and was advancing on a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy, who had tripped and fallen, just before the deputy opened fire Sunday in the home the man shared with his mother, according to documents filed in court on Tuesday.
Brandon Ray Brown died at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after he was shot in the chest by Deputy Christopher Simpson, according to a search-warrant affidavit.
According to the affidavit, sheriff's deputies were called to Brown's house shortly before noon after his sister called 911 to report Brown had been threatening their mother and had punched a hole in a cabinet.
The sister lives elsewhere but had stopped by to check on her family, according to the affidavit filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.
She said that her brother suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was prone to violent fits of rage, the document alleges.
When deputies Simpson and Chris Leyda arrived at Brown's home in the 2000 block of 187th Place Southeast in Bothell, they could not initially see him, according to the affidavit, but they heard him screaming and threatening them before he appeared at the top of the stairs.
Both deputies fired their Tasers, the search warrant says, but they "had no effect."
Brown went into a bedroom and, with the deputies following him, retrieved a cane and raised it over his head, the document alleges.
As Simpson backed away, the 44-year-old deputy fell backward over an object, possibly a cat-litter box or a pile of laundry, the documents say. Brown continued moving toward Simpson, who was still on the floor, and Simpson fired a single gunshot.
Simpson, who has 20 years of law-enforcement experience, has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team.
According to Snohomish County Superior Court documents, Brown's mother had sought a protection order against her son in 2003. At that time, she wrote that Brown had threatened her, keyed her car, hit his brother with a metal object hard enough to require stitches and assaulted his sister.
"I fear someone is going to get hit or worse," she wrote.
The order was granted in May 2003, but one month later, Brown's mother requested that the order be dismissed, saying she was no longer afraid of him.
She was back in court two years later, though, and her concerns had escalated, according to court documents
In seeking another protection order in 2005, she wrote that her son had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and that she feared that he was using methamphetamines.
Her son typically refused to take oral medications and had been hospitalized or committed numerous times for threatening to harm himself or others, she wrote in the court document. He demanded money aggressively and intimidated her when she refused, she wrote.
Two years ago, another protection order was filed in the same court by Brown's former fiancée. The Everett woman and her mother wrote that Brown had left a toy knife at the former fiancée's workplace and left numerous threatening messages.
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information from Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf is included in this report.
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