The Sheriff's Department held the victim's father, Doug Brinkley, 58, in the Sharp County Detention Center pending autopsy results. Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts attended the autopsy in order to expedite the case. The results matched Doug Brinkley's claim that the shooting was in self defense. Brinkley has been released from the Sharp County Jail.
Witness accounts of the shooting indicate the victim had stopped by the Pfeiffer home of his friend, Gerald Sutton, earlier in the day to use his phone to call his father, who Brink claimed had, "screwed him out of everything he had." The reference was to an inheritance he felt he was due. Sutton indicated Brinkley was acting very odd, and insisted he listen to the conversation between he and his father. Upon leaving the residence, Brinkley told his friend he would "take care of this."
In a post shooting interview with Sharp County Chief Deputy David Huffmaster and Detective Sergeant Ken Guidry, Brinkley explained his son had been having issues with drugs and alcohol and had become paranoid. Brinkley explained he had been assaulted by his son a few weeks prior to the incident. He said after the death of his former wife Mattie, in 2009, Bryan had wasted nearly $100,000 of his inheritance on drugs and gambling. Brinkley felt he was still due money from his parent's divorce settlement. His father said he had done everything he could to help his son, including providing him an apartment just up the road from his home.
He said, earlier in the day, his son had come to his house and cussed and shoved him, finally putting a 30-30 rifle to his head, threatening to kill him.
Doug Brinkley's girlfriend Ola Landers, said she begged Bryan not to kill his father and persuaded him to leave.
He then began driving up and down the driveway and told his father he "would be back to take care of him." In fear of his life, Brinkley got out his guns, in case his son came back and tried to kill him.
According to witness statements and documentation from police records, about 45 minutes later, Bryan came back to the home and Doug told Landers to go inside for fear of what might happen.
Doug said he saw his son with a gun in his hand when he pulled in the driveway, and he fired three or four rounds from the 30-06 at the windshield of the vehicle to deter him. Bryan then rolled out of the truck onto the ground cursing his father for shooting him.
He then attempted to get back in the truck and get his gun, telling his father he was going to kill him.
His father then fired two rounds at his son with a 45 caliber pistol, killing Bryan.
Landers then called 9-1-1 and officers with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, and Cave City Police Department responded to the scene.
The investigation indicated Brinkley was truthful in his account of the accident and had acted in self defense, resulting in the decision that charges not be filed in the case.