Brother Of Sandy Duke Speaks Out

Posted at 8:32 PM, Sep 21, 2016

The brother of Sandy Duke, the Robertson County fugitive killed in an officer-involved shooting, apologized for Duke's actions.

Homer Duke said ever since his brother was a teenager, he was always troubled, and could not get his life back on track. 

"It's just devastating that he missed every opportunity in the world to turn his life around," Homer told NewsChannel 5. "I'm just angry at him."

Sandy had been on the run from Robertson County authorities since last week after violating an order of protection. The countywide search put some schools on lockdown but Sandy could not be found. 

On Monday, police said Sandy broke into an elder man's home in Springfield and tied him up before stealing his belongings including several guns and an SUV.

By the afternoon, East Precinct Flex Officer Wesley McClelland spotted Sandy and started a foot chase. Officer McClelland fired four rounds and struck Sandy after police say he pulled out a pistol. 

Homer is apologizing to Ofc. McClelland for his brother's action.

"We want to say we're sorry and we feel terrible for the officer that had to make the terrible decision to fire his gun, it was his job," Homer added. 

Homer described Sandy as a funny brother with a big heart but he was always on the wrong side of the law. 

Sandy's criminal history spanned for more than 25 years and include time in prison for kidnapping and robbery. 

He was released two years ago and had been in jail over this summer for several charges including forgery, burglary and harassment. 

"We really feel terrible for all the things that he has done and the people that he has hurt," Homer said. 

Officer McClelland remained on administrative leave as the investigation continued.