Two brothers were shot in Tecumseh late Friday, May 10, when a dispute among former co-workers turned ugly.
The shooting occurred at 10:45 p.m. at a home at 789 N. Fourth St. in Tecumseh, Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said. Approximately an hour earlier, the residents, Raymond and Janet Brown, received threatening phone calls from two former co-workers, Colton Bridgewater, 26, and Levi Bridgewater, 20.
Around 10:45 p.m., Colton, Levi and their father, Kenneth Bridgewater, 50, went to the Brown’s home. Thomas said the Browns called 911 and told the Bridgewaters to leave.
However, the Bridgewaters forced their way inside the home and began fighting with Raymond Brown, the NSP report said.
Thomas said both Raymond Brown and Kenneth Bridgewater were armed with handguns. During the fight, Brown shot both Colton and Levi Bridgewater.
After the struggle, Kenneth Bridgewater went outside and yelled threats at Brown. An off-duty Nebraska Department of Correctional Services officer, who was not part of the incident, was nearby and helped de-escalate the situation.
Johnson County sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested Kenneth Bridgewater.
He is charged with making terroristic threats, obstructing a police officer, use of a weapon to commit a felony, second-degree assault, criminal mischief, burglary, and trespassing. He was taken to in Johnson County Jail.
Colton and Levi Bridgewater were taken to the Johnson County Hospital and later flown to Bryan Medical Center West Campus in Lincoln with serious injuries, Thomas said.
Raymond and Janet Brown are ages 64 and 60, respectively. Thomas did not say where the Browns and Bridgewaters worked together.
The NSP requests anyone who may have additional information or anyone who received threats from anyone involved in this incident to call Nebraska Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-1494.