Ex-NFL DB Brown reportedly hospitalized with gunshot wound

Former NFL defensive back Corwin Brown was taken from his home Friday night with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a nearly seven-hour standoff in Granger, Ind., according to the Detroit Free Press.

Tim Corbett, St. Joseph County Metro Homicide commander, told the paper he did not know if Brown's injuries were life-threatening.

Police, responding to a reported domestic dispute, arrived at the home about 1 p.m. and said they heard gunshots inside the home shortly afterward. Brown's wife and children subsequently left the home and police said they started trying to talk him out using cellphones and a bullhorn.

Brown, 41, asked to talk to several friends during the standoff in a subdivision about 10 miles northwest of Notre Dame, police said. Shortly before the standoff ended, the paper said, someone could be heard saying through the bullhorn, "Be a Michigan man today. Step up to your obligation."

Only moments passed before a fire truck and ambulance rushed to the front of the house, with the ambulance leaving moments later, the paper said.

Police said Brown's wife, Melissa, had a bruise on her head. Their children were not hurt.

Sgt. Matt Blank, a St. Joseph County police spokesman, said Brown came out of the house several times only to go back inside. Blank said no shots were fired by police.

Brown, a former University of Michigan standout, had an eight-year NFL career with the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Detroit Lions. He was Notre Dame's defensive coordinator from 2007-09 before being fired with Irish coach Charlie Weis. He also has been an assistant coach with the Patriots, Jets and at the University of Virginia.

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