Shore waterman's family sues over his killing

June 19, 2007

The family of a Talbot County waterman who was shot and killed by a Natural Resources Police officer last year has filed a federal lawsuit against both the department and the officer, seeking $80 million in damages.

Officer 1st Class Hubert F. Brohawn shot waterman Thomas S. Sherwood Jr., 49, three times in the chest on a dock in Bellevue in August. Brohawn said Sherwood was advancing toward him and swung a bumper jack, and the officer said he felt threatened. Sherwood died at the scene.

Brohawn, who has worked for the Natural Resources Police for about five years, was placed on administrative leave after the shooting. An investigation by the Natural Resources Police and the state police cleared Brohawn of wrongdoing, said DNR spokesman Ken Turner. The Talbot County state's attorney's office declined to press charges, Turner said.

Turner declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying he had not seen it. The suit was filed in Baltimore by Sherwood's parents, Beverly and Thomas S. Sherwood Sr.

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