WEST SENECA, N.Y. - The son of a man accused of shooting at police this past weekend says his father has long suffered from a mental illness.
2 On Your Side spoke with Ken Kemp, who now lives in Florida, by phone. He says family members had his father, Jerome Brylski involuntarily committed last summer after Brylski's Schizophrenia worsened.
"We were trying to tell people, the authorities and everybody else, that this man was sick and he needs help," Kemp said.
But Brylski was only committed for eight days and then released. An unidentified psychiatrist deemed him "stable" and let Brylski go.
"He was released without any supervision or medication," Kemp said of his father.
Nearly a year later, Brylski was arrested by West Seneca police after they say he shot at them on East and West Road. Brylski now faces four counts of attempted murder.
It started at Brylski's home on Leydecker Road around 3:40 p.m. Sunday, according to West Seneca Police Chief Edward Gehen, who says police got a call from crisis services that Brylski was making threats to shoot police and was possibly armed.
While police were in the process of clearing out the area, investigators say Jeffrey Edwards picked up Brylski and drove him toward the area of East and West Rd.
Police say when they stopped the car on East and West Road, Brylski got out of the car with a 30/30 rifle and opened fire on officers. Police fired back, injuring the shooter and Edwards.
Both victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Charges are pending against Edwards.
"Do you believe the system failed," 2 On Your Side asked Kemp. "Absolutely, absolutely."