Corwin Brown remains in fair condition, now in secure facility receiving medical treatment

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

A former assistant Notre Dame football coach is still recovering after a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday.

Corwin Brown is being held in a secure facility and receiving medical treatment after a lengthy stand-off Friday night.

On Friday Brown was taken to an area hospital around 7:45 p.m. with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the torso and was listed in fair condition.

After the standoff was resolved, Metro Homicide was called to the scene at Brown's home in Granger and crime scene tape cordoned off the area. Police report they never fired their weapons in the ordeal. A search warrant has been served for Brown's house and an investigation into the standoff has begun.

Charges against Brown are likely to be filed soon.

NewsCenter 16 can confirm that shots were fired by Brown around 1:00 p.m. Police say that Corwin's wife Melissa did receive a contusion on her head from her husband.

Melissa Brown declined treatment for the injury.

Sources tell NewsCenter 16 that around 1:00 p.m., a scream was heard coming from the home. Police also report that they have never been called to the Browns' house before.

Units were originally responding to a report of domestic violence.

When units arrived on scene, the Brown's three children were outside the home with Melissa still inside. Police tell NewsCenter 16 that Corwin had originally prohibited Melissa from leaving the home.

Once she did leave, Brown remained alone inside for the majority of the standoff. Shortly before 6:00 p.m. Brown came out of his home onto the front porch with a gun, but quickly returned inside.

Negotiators communicated with Brown through text messages and phone calls and only used a bullhorn when Corwin did not return calls or texts.

Sources tell NewsCenter 16 that Bob Chmiel was on-scene during the standoff. Chmiel recruited Brown to Michigan and is a former Notre Dame assistant coach. Chmiel was not the person who was talking to Brown over a bullhorn towards the end of the standoff.

Police said Brown, who was a tri-captain of the Michigan football team in 1992, asked to talk to several friends during the standoff. Shortly before it ended, someone could be heard saying through the bullhorn: "Be a Michigan man today. Step up to your obligation."

Several seconds later the person said: "Please don't let me down. Please!"

Moments later a fire truck and ambulance rushed to the front of the house. The ambulance left moments later.

Police have yet to identify the person who had been talking to Brown.

AEP was contacted by Police and shut down power to the house. St. Joseph County Police was working with Mishawaka Police in addition to other agencies in the surrounding area for support.

Brown served as Notre Dame's Defensive Coordinator under Charlie Weis from 2007 to 2009. When Weis was fired, Brown became defensive backs coach for the New England Patriots in 2010, but is not coaching this season.

Neighbors tell NewsCenter 16 there was tension within the family due to the fact that Brown had not been retained by the Patriots for the upcoming season.

Brown was a standout safety for the Michigan Wolverines in the late 80s and early 90s.

"The Michigan family is hurting for Corwin Brown and his family," said Wolverines Athletic Director Dave Brandon on Twitter. "They are in our thoughts and prayers."

Brown went on to play for the Patriots, Jets and Lions in the NFL. He is known as a dynamic and energetic coach, who was a well liked by his players.

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