Police in the upscale suburb of Granger, Indiana, responded to a domestic violence call around 1PM Friday when shots were fired and a scream was heard coming from the Brown residence. When they arrived, Brown's three children were outside the house, but Brown and his wife, Melissa, were still in it.
Brown initially kept Melissa from leaving, but eventually allowed her to go. WNDU reports that she suffered a contusion at the hands of her husband.
With Brown's wife out of the house, the former standout Michigan safety, NFL player, and assistant coach began a long standoff with SWAT team members. He could be seen only briefly, coming outside on his porch twice with a gun but then quickly going back inside the house. He communicated with authorities through phone and text, and police used a bullhorn only when Brown didn't respond to their messages.
Brown asked for several of his friends throughout the day. At one point, Bob Chmiel, who now works at Notre Dame but is a former Michigan recruiting coordinator who helped bring Brown to Ann Arbor, arrived on the scene. One unidentified person on the bullhorn could be heard pleading with Brown towards the end of the standoff, saying, "Be a Michigan man today. Step up to your obligation. Please don't let me down. Please!" (Update: the person on the bullhorn was Brown's dad, Albert.).
Eventually, Brown would leave the house, but in an ambulance. The exact sequence of events is not quite clear at this point, but at 7:45PM Brown shot himself and was taken to an area hospital, where he's now in fair condition.
So how did things go so wrong for a former player and assistant coach who boasted an impressive resume with multiple pro and college teams? Details are obviously still coming out. But he did not have a job this year, after coaching the Patriots defensive backs in 2010, and neighbors have told local news outlets that there was tension in the house because Brown was jobless.