UDPATE: Plainwell cop involved in Allegan murder/suicide

Otsego - The Otsego City Police Department and the Allegan County Sheriff are investigating a murder-suicide which involved a Plainwell police officer. Full Story
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Kim

Detroit, MI

#2 Nov 5, 2007
This is tragic. What possesses someone to do this? My thoughts & prayers go out to both families.
Carri

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Nov 5, 2007
I am in such shock that this can happen in the small town I grew up in and to someone I personally know and grew up with. I graduated high school with Kevin Brainard. My heart is breaking for their daughter and their families.
David

Walled Lake, MI

#4 Nov 5, 2007
Rick wrote:
Awful powerful men aren't they? It's a shame that these people can't handle the authority they are given
Not sure his given authority had anything to do with it, but good thing you had get your ignorant two-cents in there. Very sad for any family members involved, that will be a tough one to deal with.
drw

Coldwater, MI

#5 Nov 5, 2007
David wrote:
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Not sure his given authority had anything to do with it, but good thing you had get your ignorant two-cents in there. Very sad for any family members involved, that will be a tough one to deal with.
I agree with you on both points, David. We hear of people from all walks of life, in many different occupations doing the same thing. It extremely sad for family and friends involved. May God bring them comfort during this time.
intolerant of idiots

Big Rapids, MI

#6 Nov 5, 2007
So tragic and senseless. What makes a person to do this to their spouse and their child? Their daughter will always suffer with this, losing both parents to an awful tragedy. I hope she will be okay.
So sorry to the families to have to go through this.
Punkey Brewster

Muskegon, MI

#7 Nov 5, 2007
Gotta hand it to your headline .

Plainwell "COP" involved in Allegan murder/suicide

NO RESPECT . Should read , Plainwell Police Officer .....

My heart felt sympathy and prayers to all involved .
maureenlee

Kalamazoo, MI

#10 Nov 5, 2007
David wrote:
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Not sure his given authority had anything to do with it, but good thing you had get your ignorant two-cents in there. Very sad for any family members involved, that will be a tough one to deal with.
So sad for all involved. Rick is an idiot-pay no attention to him and his trailer-park mentality.
parent

Rockford, MI

#12 Nov 5, 2007
as a parent of Two police officers this is a sad day for there familys,Instead of smart ass remarks you should try to pray for these familes ,No matter what the head lines read its a loss that nobody will ever understand.Our prayers are with these familys

Since: Oct 07

Grant, MICHIGAN

#13 Nov 5, 2007
Rick wrote:
Awful powerful men aren't they? It's a shame that these people can't handle the authority they are given
Don't burn the rest at the stake because of the actions of a few officers. I would love to see you put yourself on the line EVERYDAY like they do and then make the comments you're making. We don't know what was going on in his mind...We don't know everything surrounding this, but even if we did- he's more of a man than you because he risked something everytime he left for work...I'm not excusing this murder...I'm just saying...
tom

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Nov 5, 2007
When a civ. becomes a peace officer, they change. I've seen it, and I've been there.

Since: Aug 07

Grand Rapids

#16 Nov 5, 2007
From what I read at Wood tv site, her sister was afraid he had hurt her... he had been abusive in the past. It does not matter that he was a police officer, people in all walks of life are abusive.
And to the smart a$$ remarks about "cops" well I surely hope you are never in need of one. Especially one that may have read your posts...
I have a daughter who summed it all up very recently when we were shopping and the check out clerk was beyond rude... my daughter simply said to her, mam, I hope you are never injured and need the assistance, because if Emergency staff treated you the way you have been treating me ... you could bleed to death.
warren

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Nov 5, 2007
So you are saying, that a cop can refuse to help you? They took a oath, it will not matter what is said, It is their job. And they choosed it.
Kate

Zeeland, MI

#18 Nov 5, 2007
It's a shame that Pam's picture isn't posted instead of the murder's. Who gives a crap what he did for a living.
sad

Sidney, MI

#19 Nov 5, 2007
I feel sorry for both families. No one ever knows what someone is capable of when emotions are involved. This is a tragedy for both families. May God bring you peace. It is not for any of us to judge.
sadie mae

Sidney, MI

#20 Nov 6, 2007
It is a sad day for both families, the stress on police officers must be terrible, going out day after day and not knowing who has a gun. It is terrible that he took his wife's life and his own. It is a sad situation and not made any better by insensitive comments. Pray for everyone involved. There but for the Grace of God go ........
EmmaRae

Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Nov 6, 2007
I do feel sorry for both families, but not for the police officer.

I seen an interview last night with the victims sister and she said this man had mentally abused her sister and she was going to file for a divorce. This man that is suppose to uphold the law murdered his wife and then took the cowards way out by killing himself.

That poor women her last few minutes on this earth had to be H E L L and her two year old child was in the house when it happend.
chucky

Allendale, MI

#22 Nov 6, 2007
Enough already! It is a sad situation for everyone. No one knows the truth that happens in a marriage except the 2 people involved. IF he was verbally abusive, IF he was physically abusive, IF, IF, IF.....it is sad. He needed help just like the people he vowed to protect. I wish she had found the courage to get out, I wish he had the courage to ask for help. All we can do now is help the families heal the best we can. We will never know what happened that night. But I believe that these where both great people, with great hearts and unfortunately something turned terribly wrong!
Fran

Bad Axe, MI

#23 Nov 6, 2007
What a freak show
michigan resident

Ypsilanti, MI

#26 Nov 8, 2007
There has got to be something wrong with an officer who has to call his wife(over 100 times a day) and checks every reciept that comes into the household. Its called obsessive compulsive behavior. I'm sure she didn't have time to have a "fling" since she was a nurse and mother. Her ex husband did the right thing by contacting the chief. But the chief should have said, Ya know Kevin, I know whats going on in yer personal life right now, I'd like for you to take a few days off. If Kevin wasn't in agreement with that, be persistant and insist that he do so. Secondly her sister instead of telling her on the phone " to get out" why didn't she have someone Pam trusted or herself for that matter, and get her and those kids out and in a safe place, let him cool off at the house and then resume negotiations. A few people knew what was going on in that household, but did NOTHING to help her and her kids. I'm not blaming anyone, I just feel the situation could have been handled better.
The Irony is Delicious

Marquette, MI

#29 Nov 9, 2007
I find it ironic that people associated with this case mentioned that Kevin didn't want to be a "failure" as a husband, but then he murders his wife and kills himself. Shear genius. I went to high school with Kevin, so it's pretty obvious that he hadn't gotten any smarter in the last 15 years or so, which ultimately explains why he became a cop. His actions not only made him a matrimonial failure, but a professional failure, as well. Last I checked, the duty of a cop, or police officer (like it really matters what you call them), is TO SERVE AND TO PROTECT. The man who was worrying about being a failure in his marriage, also became a professional failure the second he pulled the trigger. I only have two hopes: 1) that this is a wake up call for other women, who are abused by their cop husbands, to get help, and 2) that the Plainwell police department pays no tribute to Kevin.

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