Charges Filed Against Bridgewater Father After Tecumseh Shooting

TECUMSEH – Charges have been filed against the father of two men who were shot while reportedly forcing their way into a Tecumseh residence.

Kenneth Bridgewater, 50, of Brownville is the father of Kolton and Levi Bridgewater. The brothers were shot by Raymond Brown on May 10.

Bridgewater is charged with terroristic threats, burglary, attempted assault, obstruction of a peace officer and other charges.

A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy responded to Brown’s residence on a report of shots fired and found the two brothers laying partially on the porch and partially inside.

The deputy took control of a gun and switchblade knife and applied a tourniquet to Levi Bridgewater’s leg to help control bleeding. In an arrest affidavit, the deputy says he had to stop caring for Levi to address Kenneth Bridgewater, who was making threats against Brown.

The deputy then intended to search Kolton Bridgewater, but says he had to push Kenneth Bridgewater away so he could search Kolton. He said it was not until Tecumseh Rescue arrived that he learned that Kolton had also been shot.

The deputy reports that Kenneth Bridgewater later broke a dead-bolt lock in a holding cell at the sheriff’s office.

Kolton and Levi Bridgewater work at the same place as Brown. Investigators say Colton telephoned that night demanding that Brown set up a fight between them. Brown said he was surprised when the men showed up at his house and warned them not to come in  because he had a gun. Brown told investigators he began firing as the men pushed through the door.

Arraignment is scheduled June 5.