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Suspect shot in mother's kitchen

August 01, 2003

By BRENDA S. EDWARDS

Staff Writer

LIBERTY - Leon Brown, who was shot by a police officer during a domestic dispute Wednesday night, died from a gunshot wound to his chest and abdomen, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

Brown, 52, of 443 Trammel St., was pronounced dead at 5:09 a.m. Thursday at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, said Fayette Chief Deputy Coroner Steve McCown.

Danny Cook, an officer with the Liberty Police Department, shot Brown after Brown's girlfriend, Freda Wilson, reported a domestic disturbance at the residence, according to a report by state police Detective Lt. Tom Finck of Columbia Post.

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Brown allegedly was knocking on his girlfriend's door and yelling at her, then fled to his mother's residence next door as police arrived.

State police said there was an altercation when Cook tried to arrest Brown, but released few details. The shooting reportedly occurred in the kitchen at the home of Brown's mother.

Brown, who apparently did not have a weapon in his possession, reportedly resisted arrest and assaulted the officer. Det. William Gregory said there were weapons in the proximity of the shooting.

Cook has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, state police said.

Brown reportedly had a lengthy arrest record in Casey, Russell and Marion counties. Court records show that charges include marijuana possession, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment of a police officer, driving under the influence and public intoxication.

Sgt. Dennis Benningfield and Det. Gregory are assisting with the investigation.

Funeral arrangements for Brown are incomplete at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.|8/1/03***

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