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Shooting incident being investigated in Tecumseh

Posted at 5:21 PM, May 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-11 18:22:14-04

TECUMSEH, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a shooting incident that occurred late Friday in Tecumseh involving an argument between two families that escalated quickly.

Approximately an hour before the shooting incident, 64-year-old Raymond and 60-year-old Janet Brown received multiple threatening phone calls from past co-workers, Colton Bridgewater, 26, and Levi Bridgewater, 20.

Around 10:45p.m., Colton and Levi Bridgewater, along with their father, Kenneth Bridgewater, 50, went to the Brown's home.

The Browns called 9-11 and told the Bridgewaters to leave, a press release from Nebraska State Patrol says. The Bridgewaters forced their way inside the home and started fighting with Raymond Brown.

Both Raymond and Kenneth were armed with handguns during the altercation.

During the fight, Brown shot both Colton and Levi Bridgewater. After additional struggle, Kenneth Bridgewater went outside, where he continued yelling threats at Brown.

An off-duty Nebraska Department of Correctional Services officer, who was not part of the incident, responded to the scene as he was nearby and helped deescalate the situation.

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies arrived and arrested Kenneth Bridgewater for making terroristic threats, obstructing a police officer, use of a weapon to commit a felony, 2nd degree assault, criminal mischief, burglary and trespassing. He was transported to the Johnson County Jail.

Colton and Levi Bridgewater were taken to the Johnson County Hospital, later flown to Bryan Medical Center West Campus in Lincoln with serious injuries.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with more information is asked to call Nebraska Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-1494.