Barber Co. undersheriff charged with involuntary manslaughter in death of Sun City man

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Charges have been filed in a deadly officer involved shooting from last year.

Barber County Undersheriff Virgil Brewer is charged by the Kansas Attorney General with one count of involuntary manslaughter.

Officials say Brewer shot Steven Myers at close range with a bean bag gun. Myers died from his injuries.

“I miss him so much. He absolutely was the better half of me. We were made for each other,” says Myers’ widow Kristina Myers.

It’s been 11 months since Myers was shot and killed by the Barber County Sheriff’s Office with a bean bag gun.

Deputies were initially called when Myers was allegedly threatening people with a shot gun in the street. According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Myer’s widow Kristina, by the time deputies responded, he did not have a gun.

Almost a year after Steven’s death, Myers and her children visit his grave often.

“You know, Kaylee, the little one, knows that is where Daddy is at. I think that is the hardest. She does not understand why her daddy is there. I think it is important that we go to see him and we go on a daily basis,” explains Myers.

The man Kristina believes killed her husband, Undersheriff Virgil Brewer was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

“It has been horrible waiting for an answer, but we are very pleased that the Attorney General has decided to press charges,” says Myers. 

Myers says the day her husband was killed is a day she will never forget. But she feels the family is getting close to justice.

“The ultimate justice would be for the sheriff and undersheriff to never be in law enforcement again,” she says.

She says all she can do right now is rely on her family, her children, and God.

“If not for the good Lord, we would not have gotten through this so far. It is definitely because of God that we were able to stay together as a family,” she says.

KSN has reached out to the Barber County Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney’s office but have not received any comment so far about the arrest.

Undersheriff Brewer is set to appear in court this Friday.

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Criminal charges have been brought against Barber County Undersheriff Virgil “Dusty” Brewer in connection with the death of Steven Myers.

Myers was killed in October 2017 during an encounter with Brewer and other Barber County deputies. 

Undersheriff Virgil Brewer shot Steven Myers at close range with a beanbag round. Video from a body camera captured Sheriff Lonnie Small saying, “Shot him with a beanbag round. Hadn’t shot anybody with it yet.”

According to Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Brewer has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter. His bond has been set at $15,000. A condition of Brewer’s bond is that he not engage in law enforcement activity. 

Brewer is scheduled to appear in court on September 7 at 11 a.m..

“I’m a jumble of emotions” explained Kristina Myers. “Nothing will ever bring my husband back, but now at least we’re a step closer to getting justice for his death. I’m not really surprised at today’s charges. It was really the only possible response, given the body camera video recordings.”

Brewer is also being sued, along with Barber County Sheriff Lonnie Small, in federal court by Steven’s wife Kristina for the wrongful death of her husband. The first hearing for the wrongful death lawsuit is scheduled for October 10.

Brewer’s manslaughter case was filed Wednesday in Barber County, Kansas District Court by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. 

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