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Ex-coach charged with felony

Megan Doyle | Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office filed felony charges Aug. 16 against former Irish assistant football coach Corwin Brown after a seven-hour standoff at his Granger home earlier that week.

Brown was charged with domestic violence, a Class D felony, and two counts of confinement, according to court documents. The two confinement charges are Class C and Class B felonies.

St. Joseph County Police responded to a call from Melissa Brown, Corwin Brown’s wife, about domestic violence at the home Aug. 12. Law enforcement arrived at the home in early afternoon and remained outside the residence for nearly seven hours, according to police reports.

Melissa Brown told police at the scene that her husband became upset with her earlier in the day and threatened her while he had a handgun in his pocket. Police reports state when she tried to flee, Corwin Brown refused to let her leave. The family’s three children fled from the home as police arrived on the scene, but police said Melissa Brown was still in the home at the time. The children were uninjured.

A SWAT team negotiated with Corwin Brown during the standoff because he was armed with a weapon.

According to the report, Corwin Brown struggled with his wife when she tried to take the handgun from him, and the weapon accidentally discharged. Corwin Brown allowed his wife to leave, the report stated. She suffered minor bruising and swelling on her forehead.

Officers continued to negotiate with the former defensive coordinator during the seven-hour standoff, and the report stated several gunshot wounds were heard before Corwin Brown exited the home after 7 p.m. He suffered from a self-inflicted wound in his side, police said.

Corwin Brown was treated at Memorial Hospital for his wound and is currently being held in a secured medical facility, according to St. Joseph County police. A court date has not been set to address his charges.

Brown was a member of the Notre Dame football staff from 2007 to 2009. He then served as a defensive backs coach with the New England Patriots during the 2010 season, but he was relieved of his duties on the team in February.

“Corwin’s many friends at Notre Dame have him, Melissa and their children in our prayers during this difficult time,” University spokesman Dennis Brown said.