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Ex-Hernando deputy who forced 2018 standoff arrested again on battery charge

William “Cole” Brinson faces battery, probation violation and resisting arrest charges. He’s being held on no bond.
Hernando County Sheriff's Office
Hernando County Sheriff's Office

BROOKSVILLE — A former Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy who was sentenced to probation after he forced a 10-hour standoff with his colleagues last year is back in jail after deputies said he shoved one of them and resisted arrest.

William Coleman “Cole” Brinson was arrested Sunday on charges of resisting arrest without violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and violation of probation, according to an arrest report. The latter two charges are felonies.

Deputies said they went to Brinson’s home that afternoon after a report of a “suspicious incident.” When they arrived, according to a report, Brinson told them he’d been fighting with his wife and tried to get a neighbor to call the Sheriff’s Office. When deputies asked what the fight was about, they said, Brinson suggested they come inside and see for themselves. The deputies said they didn’t need to go inside.

“I could have her dead inside for all you know,” Brinson responded, according to the report.

He told the deputies to get off his porch, according to the report. When his dog approached one of them, deputies said, Brinson stepped off the porch and pushed the deputy. According to the report, it took four deputies pinning him to the ground as he thrashed around to take him into custody.

He was taken to the Hernando County jail, where he was held without bond.

In January 2018, Brinson took on deputies in an alcohol-fueled standoff. Family members told deputies at the time that Brinson had shoved one of his sons during dinner, sparking a fight that led most of the family to flee the home. Before deputies arrived, they said, he also pointed a gun at his mother and at one of his sons.

But family members contradicted their statements in later court depositions, and Brinson pleaded no-contest to an aggravated assault charge and a battery charge in exchange for 30 months of probation. That probation wasn’t set to expire until May of 2021, according to a report from Sunday’s arrest.

At the time of the plea deal, State Attorney Brad King ascribed the plea deal to the changes in testimony, as well as Brinson’s “lack of criminal history and ... counseling since the incident.”