Gunfire Hits Squad Car; Cop Dives For Cover

By: Robert Borrelli
By: Robert Borrelli

Around 5:30 Wednesday morning, the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department received a call about a prowler near Beaver Dam Lake in Claypool.

Sgt. Don Wiesehan was almost done with his overnight shift and took the call; a call that very well could have become his last.

Randall Brashear told dispatch there were prowlers near a neighbor’s home. He had already fired a warning shot.

Sgt. Wiesehan checked the area and he says he, "Saw this gentleman step out from behind a shed, and he had a rifle and he raised the rifle and I knew he was gonna' shoot, I just knew he was gonna' shoot. And I ducked down in the seat and the first shot hit the windshield."

When the shot, fired from a .22 caliber long rifle hit the bottom of the windshield, the sergeant dove for cover across the front seat of his squad car.

"When I saw him pull the rifle up, I just went down,” Sgt. Wiesehan said.

More shots rang out.

One hit the left head light; another just above it, while a third glanced off the hood.

Sixty-two-year-old Randall Brashear, the man who called police about the prowler, was now firing at the responding officer.

Sgt. Wiesehan stayed down, called for back-up, and made plans to fire back, all the while warning Brashear by loudspeaker to put the weapon down.

Brashear finally did put the gun down and was arrested. He now faces a felony charge of criminal recklessness with a firearm, proving that danger can lurk behind every call.

Sgt. Wiesehan says, "You have to be on your toes even on a simple call that you think is nothing. It turns out to be gunfire involved."

Sgt. Wiesehan asked Brashear, "What would you have done if you hit me?”

Wiesehan says Brashear told him, "You would have deserved it!"

Police don’t know why Brashear might have fired at cops.

He may have been upset over recent break-ins at nearby storage sheds.

The suspected prowlers proved to be people who were at a friend's house legitimately.

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