On Thursday February 28th Polk County Deputies received a call to assist DHS at a home on Cedar Lane in Hatfield with the removal of a child from the residence. In his report, Deputy Steve Fortner states that he and Deputy Mike Godfrey approached the home to make contact with Greg Scott Brewer, age 50, and the juvenile, both of Hatfield. Deputy Fortner states that as he approached the front door and before he could knock, Brewer opened the door and stated they (deputies and DHS) were not taking the child and that he then produced a Savage 30.06 rifle and pointed it at the Deputies. The report states that Brewer then said the deputies would have to kill him first, or that he would kill himself. Brewer told Deputies the rifle was not loaded. After this Brewer said he was “Lied to about his deceased daughter” and that “Deputies were there to take his daughter away from him just like Karl Roberts did.” Karl Roberts was convicted in May of 2000 by a Polk County jury of capital murder for the rape and strangling of Brewer’s then 12 year old daughter, Andi Brewer.
According to the report Brewer then stated he wanted to talk to his daughter and afterwards would let DHS take the child. As Deputies continued to talk with Brewer Deputy Fortner heard the action of the bolt on the rifle worked, and as Brewer switched the rifle from one hand to another, the Deputies rushed Brewer, taking him to the floor. Deputies secured Brewer and his son for their safety and searched them for additional weapons.
Deputy Fortner secured the 30.06 that Brewer leveled at them and found that the gun was indeed loaded with five rounds and one live round in the chamber. During the take down of Brewer, Deputy Godfrey suffered injury to his lip and chest area. Godfrey was transported to Mena Regional Health System and released later that same evening. Greg Scott Brewer is currently in the Polk County Detention Center under a $100,000 cash bond for two counts of aggravated assault of law enforcement, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of firearms by certain persons. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 11th.