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Nashville man with a violent past goes missing

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He once served and protected Davidson County as a captain at the sheriff's department, but John Brewer is nowhere to be found. He walked away from a group home this week and his family says he's a danger to others.

Brewer's sister Mary Simmons said she got a call Thursday from the owner of the Jackson Homecare Ministries, a group home Brewer moved into a week ago. Simmons said she was told he walked out around breakfast time on Wednesday and got in a cab.

Simmons said she's concerned because he has delusional disorder.

"I'm worried about his welfare but I also worry about him hurting somebody," Simmons said.

Back in 2010, police said Brewer waited for his neighbor in Madison, proclaimed he was a U.S. Marshal and shot him. Luckily, the bullet just grazed the man. Simmons said her brother was found not guilty due to insanity and was sent to the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

Since then he's been in and out of the institute and another group home. Simmons said when he takes the right medicine he can function, but when he doesn't there can be problems.

"That's why I'm so upset when he left because without that medication he will be right back where he was when he tried to hurt that man," Simmons said.

Simmons is also upset about how long the owner of Jackson Homecare Ministries waited to notify her Brewer was missing.

"He called me and said he went missing on Wednesday morning before breakfast. I said 'don't you think you should have called me and let me know?' He said 'Well I didn't have your number,'" Simmons said.

Simmons said she got that call on Thursday.

But L.V. Jackson, the owner of Jackson Homecare Ministries, told Channel 4 Brewer walked away from the group home Tuesday morning.

I did the necessary thing, I called the police to get a police report and then on top of that I called out to Middle Tennessee (Mental Health Institute) and I spoke to his case manager,"  Jackson said. "I didn't know who his conservator was."

Simmons said she's been listed as her brother's conservator and has been notified right away by other institutions in the past in regards to him.

Brewer was last seen taking $500 out of a bank in Pegram. Family members ask if you know anything about his whereabouts to give police a call.

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