Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice
What started out as a dispute over tenants at a rental property turned out to be much more than local police expected late Saturday night. Police reported that a woman drove to the sheriff's office with two male passengers that she said had been staying with her at her residence which was a rental property owned by Bobby Kerr, owner of Kerr's Flowers and Gifts.
According to police, she reported that Kerr had become angry at the two men and forced them out of the property because they were homosexuals. Police arrived at the rental property with hopes of resolving the situation, but said they found Kerr irate and shouting profanities.
Kerr reportedly told police he wouldn't allow them to stay at the property because of their relationship and began swinging a large, heavy metal flashlight at one of the men, striking him and causing injury to his arm.
Police said Kerr was repeatedly instructed to drop the flashlight but Kerr only came more agitated, forcing one of the officers to deploy their taser in order to subdue him.
Bobby Kerr, 73, of Brownsville, was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 2nd, and Criminal Mischief 3rd. He was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail where he was released later on bond.
The names of the woman and two men involved were not released. The injured male declined medical treatment on scene.
Assisting in the incident were the Brownsville Police, Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, District Two Constable, and Edmonson EMS.