Suspect in police shooting on jail suicide watch

08/19/2014 8:17 PM

08/19/2014 8:32 PM

The man accused of wounding two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers and a 10-year-old girl Sunday did not appear in court Tuesday as expected.

Instead, Brandon Jamorris Brewer remained in the county jail. His sister told the Observer that deputies had placed him on suicide watch.

Brewer, 27, faces 21 charges, including three counts of attempted murder. He is accused of firing the shotgun pellets that hit CMPD officers Kevin Stafford and Eric Bojaj, along with Shanise Laney, 10, who lived across from him on Kingville Drive, northeast of uptown.

According to police, a woman called 911 Sunday afternoon claiming that her boyfriend had tried to attack her in a home off Tom Hunter Road, just off North Tryon Street. Later, police received a call that a man had opened fire on Kingville.

The two officers were sprayed with shotgun pellets shortly after they arrived. Both were treated at Carolinas Medical Center and released.

Shanise said Brewer, known to her as a friendly neighbor, turned up at an open window at her house with a shotgun, asking for a cigarette. She was later hit in the cheek as she crawled for safety.

Brewer, who has a criminal record dating back to 2006 with at least two convictions for crimes of violence, remains jailed on more than $850,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon before Chief District Judge Regan Miller. Family members, including his sister, Shannon Brewer, sat in the front row, waiting more than three hours for their relative to appear.

But while dozens of defendants stood before the judge in person or talked with him by video feed from the jail, Brewer did not.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Battle said deputies told her Brewer was under suicide watch. Shannon Brewer said the same. Deputies at the courthouse declined comment.

Facing a group of reporters outside the courthouse, Shannon Brewer said her brother had paid his debt for his earlier crimes and was a good person.

Then she declined further comment, and walked across Fourth Street toward the jail to learn more about his condition. The cameras followed.

Battle said Brewer is scheduled for a bond hearing Aug. 29, followed by a probable cause hearing a week later.

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