A Utah police officer was suspended after finding his father in bed with his wife and assaulting him.
According to reports, former sheriff’s deputy Timothy John 'TJ' Brewer, 33, pleaded guilty to assault charges for pistol-whipping his father after finding him in bed with his wife. Brewer and wife Logan invited the father over to their house for dinner. Later in the evening, Logan went upstairs to put their children to bed, but never returned downstairs. Brewer soon discovered his wife on top of his father having sex and proceeded to pistol-whip him. Before the father went to the hospital, he grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed himself in an apparent attempt to make the assault look much worse.
When attempting to visit his father in the hospital later that day, Brewer hit a fellow police officer who was trying to stop him from going inside.
“I regret it every day since this incident happened, when I walked upstairs and saw what I saw,” said Brewer to the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. “I throw myself at your mercy. I apologize for what I’ve done. I apologize to everybody involved. I apologize that we’re here talking about it today. I never thought I’d see myself here. This is the second-worst day of my life.”
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During the proceedings, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said that the officer’s actions against his father Wesley 'Corky' Brewer, a decorated fire chief in the local community, were completely justified. However, his actions against a police officer in front of the hospital where his father was being treated later on that same day were not.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that his actions at the house that day were justified,” said Edmunds. “I believe that practically anybody would have done similarly at the house. Where Mr. Brewer loses me is when he goes back to the hospital.”
Brewer has now been officially suspended from the sheriff’s department for four years and will also have to complete 24 months of probation.