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Former ND coach charged following standoff with police

Former Notre Dame defensive football coach Corwin Brown has been charged with two counts of criminal confinement and one count of domestic battery after the seven-hour dispute with police and the SWAT Team Friday.


The St. Joseph County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest Tuesday. But as of 11:00 p.m., Brown had not been booked at the St. Joseph County Jail and was still at a “secured medical facility,” according to the documents.

The affidavit contains statements from Brown’s wife, Melissa Brown, regarding the details of what happened behind the scenes Friday, inside of their Granger home.

Melissa Brown told officers her husband had been acting irrational for some time, and before the standoff, Corwin Brown got upset with her. She said he threatened to burn her clothing, and at some point, grabbed her by the neck.

Melissa Brown also told police that after she saw he had a handgun, she went on the backyard patio to call 9.1.1.

She said she wanted to leave, but Corwin Brown refused to let her go, and instead dragged her into the house. The physical force caused her to hit her head on the doorframe, causing bruising and swelling on her forehead.

Inside, Melissa Brown told police she grabbed the gun from her husband, and during the struggle, it went off. She said that’s when he let her leave, while he barricaded himself inside the house for seven hours.

Corwin Brown finally came out, after police officers said they heard two gunshots from inside the enclosed garage. He had a self-inflicted gunshot wound on his stomach, and was rushed to Memorial Hospital.

Some officers stated they saw children outside of the home when they got to the scene. Melissa Brown said their 14-year-old son was inside the home when her husband dragged her back inside.

Bond was set at $50,000.

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