Grand Co. Sheriff’s deputy arrested on attempted murder charges

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jul 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-13 00:03:26-04

GRAND COUNTY, Utah - A Grand County Sheriff's deputy is behind bars on attempted murder charges after a large domestic violence dispute involving his family.

Grand County Sheriff's Deputy Timothy "TJ" Brewer is in the San Juan County Jail on multiple charges.

Police aren't giving details on the incident, but Brewer's father, Moab Fire Chief Corky Brewer is hospitalized in Grand Junction, Colo. He was transported in stable condition, but the nature of his injuries are unclear.

"Corky is a great fire chief here, well-respected in our community," said neighbor Stephanie Clueff.

Neighbors say police were at TJ Brewer's home on Friday morning and have been at his father's house on Friday, searching through trash cans for evidence.

"There are two residences involved with this,” said Moab Police Chief Mike Navarre.

The chief wouldn't say where the crime took place or the specifics of what happened but the potential charges that could be leveled against deputy Brewer paint a scene of chaos.

He’s been booked on allegations of attempted murder, domestic violence in front of two children, allegedly assaulting a fellow police officer, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

"It does surprise me, the family is always close, always getting together and doing things. To hear that, we've never seen anything like that," said Clueff. "The Brewers are an established, well-known family."

The Brewers are connected to fire fighting, city politics and two members of the family are in law enforcement with Grand County.