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Sheriff’s Detective Taken Into Custody After 11-Hour Standoff, Faces Felony Charges

BROOKSVILLE – The standoff between Sheriff’s Deputies and a man barricaded inside a home on Royal Drive has come to an end. And unfortunately the suspect is one of their own. 

According to HCSO Spokesperson Michael Terry, Detective William Cole Brinson, 43, barricaded himself inside his home on Royal Drive, just before 8:00 p.m. last night, and was taken into custody this morning at 6:30 a.m. without incident.

Brinson, a 14-year veteran of HCSO is charged with two-counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and three-counts of Domestic Battery.

There are unconfirmed reports that his wife and children were inside the home during the incident.

The investigation continues, say officials.


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  • We need a new sheriff one that is not concerned about arresting or harrasing people over MARIJUANA but then thinks its okay for his deputies to do whatever the

    Thursday, 11 January 2018, 9:51 am
  • Who cares we all have stress and issues in our lives but we don’t have 11 hour standoff a with the coppers 😂

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 7:09 pm
  • Hang Em High or Hang Em dry I don’t care all I can say is lets have a pig roast.

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 2:04 am
  • I can recall this happening in the early 90s Hernando County Sheriff’s Department a young man by the name of Hines he was suffering from depression will sword two things he was surrounded by the sheriff’s department and after a very short time his brains were blown out in front of his family nothing ever happened from that case now if that had been a police officer mr. Hines would still be here today

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 1:58 am
  • Our prayers are with this family, these are good people and they have dedicated lots of volunteer hours to Hernando County.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 11:29 pm
  • I’m not saying it’s a good ol’ boy network or anything…but I heard from a little birdie that the detective was eating a fresh cup of hot soup when the gentlemen in green came in to arrest him. When he got home on bail his soup was still warm.Ohhhhh!!! I’m from NEWWWW YORRRRK😃

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 11:26 pm
  • Yea if it had been Joe Citizen , They would have done a Waco on them wouldn’t been no 11 hour hold off ,

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 10:16 pm
  • All of you people quit whining he’s not going to get in trouble the rest of his buddy will threaten the wife and the son, not to testify and the state attorney won’t do nothing about it. You will never see a cop get in trouble they will let him resign so he can get his pension,and they say justice for all unless you’re an f!!king cop organized crime at taxpayers cost. And the definition of Hernando County scumbags COPS with criminals like these nobody safe to walk the streets. And one more thing karma’s a bitch cole🤔

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 9:09 pm
    • Many cops have unfortunately ended up in prison. But you,like most Americans today, are blinded by belief bias.

      Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 7:45 am
  • Folks, please remember these posts can be seen by the family. Don’t make it hurt more. Praying for the family. We don’t know the depth of pain they are going through.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 7:11 pm
  • Ugh…..

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 6:33 pm
    • Lol what happened to the woman with cancer they arrested for abusing 911 who they made walk home in the dark? Big bad villain right? The sheriff is corrupt alone with his overpaid uneducated bullies with a badge. I bet this guys wife will have to pay for this.

      Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 12:36 am
  • You can bet if this was a regular citizen we’d be seeing a PICTURE OF THEM OR MUG SHOT. Not so for one of their own. I lost faith in nature coast leo when I got lip service while they covered their friends who are getting away with murder (figuratively). I’m sure when their friends get around to murder for real leo will cover their butts.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 6:20 pm
    • yeah exactly this is getting embarassing. i wonder whats going on with the state trooper incident?

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 7:40 pm
      • We will probably never know what happened to the dangerous drunk trooper. By law, he had to be fired, but who the heck knows.

        Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 9:08 pm
      • The only time you see a mugshot be posted same day is if the person has priors and there is already a mugshot on file. Check HCSO’s website once they update arrests for 1/9/2018 and I’m sure his mugshot is there for all to see.

        Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 11:44 pm

          Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 9:14 pm
  • He just needs a few days relaxing @ the DAWN CENTER, kickin’ back chillaxin’ with some HO’S , & get some dope off one of KNEE-HIGH’S boys and just mellow out.
    But instead, now his ol’ lady will be there turnin’ tricks , that’s what happens when u marry a PIG 🐷.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:53 pm
    • I have never in my life seen an uglier post.
      There is a FAMILY. A mother and her children. And you have just beat them up.
      I am ashamed for you.

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 10:05 pm
    • I love it in your post made me laugh primarily because it’s true and if you want to find all the good drugs in this County you just have to find knee highs Boyz

      Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 1:55 am
  • Such a sad situation. You never know what is going on the lives of people. Good people can lose their way for various reasons. My heart goes out to the entire family. Let’s be quick to pray for God’s justice and mercy in this matter.and be SLOW to judge. As the Bible says, “You will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged” Matthew 7:2 That is food for thought!


    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:49 pm
    • Dee
      Please stop trying to influence people with your imaginary friend.

      Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 3:56 pm
  • This breaks my heart to read about Cole. Cole was half way decent when he was on the case of my nephew dying. I just wish he would have listened to us and investigating the robbery of the young man that took place before he was killed. Many prayers go out to the Brinson family. His mother is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:37 pm
  • Funny how they waited 12 hours from the beginning to the end…

    If it was you or me, after a few hours into this , after the donuts and coffee ran out, they would have went in guns a blaz’n!

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:34 pm
    • I was thinking that very same thing .
      You or me and Nuthouse boy would’ve lined up and killed him .
      Bang Bang

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 7:48 pm
    • No s*** sherlock. The guy has been a cop for 14 years, he knows how the SWAT team is trained. He knows there every move considering he has seen the playbook. It’s called common f***ing sense for them to approach it even more cautiously. But hey, don’t let common sense get in the way of your silly narrative.

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 11:46 pm
      • You missed the ENTIRE POINT, making your narrative entirely DUMB. The point was: the standoff would have ended in DEATH had it been any old joe schmo engaging in such behavior while knowingly armed with firearms.

        Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 4:27 pm
  • He is a good man, a good person and was a hardworking detective for the people of this county. All you negative jerks must be out on bail.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:20 pm
    • Nope not me, never been arrested, never did anything to be arrested for just because we call it like we see it, makes us ctiminals? Nice try yho.

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 9:02 pm
    • WAAA!!! 😢😭
      Ur ALL SCUM!!!!!😡😡😡😡

      Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 4:13 am
      • Wow…you have issues dude. You must be a real low life…who lives a life of crime and drugs. No decent human being would say the nasty stuff you just did here in your post. Or is it a lack of education, so you are unable to actually form any sentences with bigger words than you have. Nah…you are just scum, it’s obvious by the way you share your stupid low life thoughts.

        Friday, 12 January 2018, 3:03 am
  • These comments make me sick. Blow his brains out, really? I think he deserves a benefit of a doubt that maybe the stress of dealing with Hernando County scumbags just got to him . All of you without sin throw the first stone !!!! I myself will pray for him and his family .

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:11 pm
  • Dang Cole, what in the line of fire is going on

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 4:59 pm
  • We need a sheriff like Grady Judd to clean up the sheriff’s office.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 1:38 pm
    • AMEN to that… He is 1 awesome Sheriff…

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 4:05 pm
    • Amen to that. Does anyone remember Doc , the gentleman that was killed approximately a year-and-a-half Ago by hcso deputies? He was just a regular old everyday citizen. They didn’t even give him a chance. Tsk, tsk, blue lives matter but regulars don’t according to sheriff nut job, fruit loop, asshat.

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 8:01 pm
      • Was Doc the man in the wheelchair that they killed?

        Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 9:11 pm
        • Yes he was!!

          Thursday, 25 January 2018, 7:59 pm
    • @Dawn Schuler, that would be the worst thing that could happen. Polk County is the worst possible place to live . he’s a red neck all the way. He has no mercy for anyone. The people who most suffer are the people with mental illnesses. He doesn’t care who they are, step off a curb, tripping over a bottle of beer and one foot lands in the road, watch out here they come to arrest you ….disgusting

      Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 4:06 am
    • I have BEEN saying that for the past TWO YEARS!! WHY do you think this damn county has gone to hell so bad these past 4-5 yrs. We need A REAL Sheriff who will be hard on the crackheads and crack hoes in this county.

      Thursday, 11 January 2018, 4:08 am
  • I wonder if they would have been so patient if he just a regular citizen and not one of their own. However I do support HCSO as they are generally first class.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 11:34 am
  • How stressed are our LEO under for a seasoned deputy to pull a stupid stunt like this? From a deputy masturbating while in a patrol unit with full uniform and he is still a deputy. Someone needs to take a look at this problem.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 10:48 am
    • Yep Bethy agree. Don’t forget the unhinged drunken trooper in a bar with a gun. Stranger danger everywhrre.

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 12:29 pm
    • Don
      Bethy I totally agree! Law Enforcement Officers are constantly under stressful conditions. They have to have a group to assit the human side of Officers. This problem obviously affects their home life when things seem to much to bare. Our sheriff should realize this and eake appropriate actions to provide help anonymously when needed.

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 2:27 pm
    • Yup, Looks like a 3 day suspension coming down.. Mascitelli style….

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:28 pm
    • The article on the masturbator said he got a three day suspension. If that is true, this one today is looking at two or three weeks.

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:41 pm

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 10:43 am
    • Prayers are great Enzo, but I would be praying for the ones he committed domestic violence on instead. How traumatic for the children and wife, if in fact they were in the house. Not rocket science another cop that shouldn’t be a cop, 11 hr stsndoff, would never happen with a regular citizen,

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 12:27 pm
      • i see years of therapy in store for his children

        Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 7:42 pm
  • Thank you for sharing this story Tom. I’m sure there will eventually be no charges since it is one of their own.

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 10:26 am
    • Ya think ?

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:33 pm
  • should have done everybody a favor and blew his brains out but being a piece of crap cop he will get out of all of it the good old boy system

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 9:57 am
    • u must have spent time behind bars, so u have no use for LEO’s

      Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:50 pm

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