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DenverChief
11-29-2010, 09:43 PM
Just a reminder of how short life is, enjoy every minute of it. This one hit very close to home.


GREELEY - More than 2,000 law enforcement officers from Colorado and Wyoming helped honor a fallen Weld County Sheriff's deputy Monday morning.

The officers, joined by Gov. Bill Ritter, filled a sports arena at University of Northern Colorado during a memorial service for 43-year-old Sam Brownlee (http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=166112)on Monday. He is the first county deputy to be killed in the line of duty in 70 years.
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[URL="http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=165480"]Brownlee died last week (http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=165480) after he was shot during a struggle with a suspected car thief. The suspect, 20-year-old Rueben Reyes (http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=165731), was shot by other officers and later died.


The service was delayed by about a half hour because of the large crowd, which included the county sheriff's posse.


Ritter ordered that all U.S. and Colorado flags on state and federal buildings be lowered in honor of Brownlee on Monday.


"We are grateful for Sam," Ritter said as he spoke directly to Brownlee's wife, Heather.


"We ask so much of officers throughout the state, and we as a state owe them a lot of gratitude," Ritter said. "Lowering the flag is just a small token of appreciation for what they do."


Brownlee's little brother, Michael Brownee, also spoke.


"He was my protector," he said. "He was a giant boy scout ... and I'm going to miss him."


Weld County Sheriff John Cooke told the crowd Brownee was a "sweetheart" who dedicated his life to public service.
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We didn't lose an employee ... We lost much more ... Sam was a true friend and a brother," Cooke said.


After the words and tears, a traditional last call was delivered through dispatch, calling his badge number over the air: "Dispatch calling 679. Recalling 679. No response from 679. You gave it your all, Sam. God bless. We miss you, brother."


His casket was taken to Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley. Brownlee leaves behind a wife, two children and two step-children. A fund has been set up at Chase Bank.

(KUSA-TV 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


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Original Story


EVANS - A Weld County deputy and a suspect were both shot and killed on Tuesday during a shootout that happened after a high-speed police chase.

The Weld County Coroner confirmed the Weld County Sheriff's deputy was killed Tuesday. 9NEWS has identified him as 43-year-old Sam Brownlee.
The Weld County Sheriff's Office has also confirmed that the suspect, 20-year-old Rueben Reyes, was killed in the shootout.


Fort Morgan Police say it began at 9:40 a.m. when a woman reported her black 2006 Nissan Altima stolen. Police put out a "be on the lookout" alert on the vehicle, which was believed to be headed west out of Fort Morgan.
Fort Morgan Police say they tried to pull Reyes over, but he did not comply.



They decided not to chase him, but issued the bulletin. Later, police say they discovered a domestic assault had allegedly happened when they went to the woman's home.


A short time later, Wiggins Police spotted the vehicle at Interstate 76 and Highway 34 where a high-speed chase ensued. Speeds during the chase reached 100 mph.


The chase came to an end at Coyote and Cedar Lanes in Evans around 11 a.m. At that time, Brownlee chased Reyes on foot and was shot. After being hit, Brownlee returned fire.


Witnesses say there was a flurry of shots as officers swarmed the black Nissan.


Greeley Police spokesman Joe Tymkowich said Reyes was wounded and was undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon. The Weld County Sheriff's Office later confirmed that he died at North Colorado Medical Center.
The Colorado State Patrol, Greeley Police Department, Weld County Sheriff's Office, Evans Police Department and LaSalle Police Department all responded to the scene.


Brownlee had been with the Weld County Sheriff's Department for five years. He married his wife in June 2009.


In May 2008, Brownlee was one of the first officers on scene after the Windsor tornado, and searched for survivors inside toppled homes.
Weld County Sheriff John Cooke released a statement about Brownlee.


"He was one of the nicest, most respected guys I know," Cooke said. "A great deputy and this is such a tragic loss."


The Denver Post reports this is the first time a Weld County Sheriff's deputy has been killed in the line of duty in 70 years.


Reyes was arrested for driving without a license in October. He was also arrested for hitting a pedestrian.
(KUSA-TV 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

crazycoffey
11-29-2010, 10:34 PM
RIP

thebrad84
11-30-2010, 02:12 AM
Very sad. Glad to hear the shit bag also died. Cockroaches usually don't die easily.

jd1020
11-30-2010, 02:56 AM
Coach roach? Is that slang for McDaniels?

Fruit Ninja
11-30-2010, 03:38 AM
a cop was shot in the face a few years ago down the street. Once he died, all that surfaced was how much of a douche that cop was. It was kinda sad really. He lost his life and the talk of the whole town was he basically got what was comming to him for being a douche.

I dont like see'ing anyone die for whatever reason though. Cause once thaqt happens, its game over.

crazycoffey
11-30-2010, 04:25 AM
wow, 4 posts. declining civilization? oh, a post about a different human being shot... wtf

Earthling
11-30-2010, 07:12 AM
Rip

alanm
11-30-2010, 07:15 AM
Respects and condolences for one of our fallen brothers.

WilliamTheIrish
11-30-2010, 07:48 AM
Tragic. Terribly tragic.

rockymtnchief
11-30-2010, 07:51 AM
R.I.P.

Extra Point
11-30-2010, 08:22 AM
RIP

bevischief
11-30-2010, 08:25 AM
rip

B2chiefsfan
11-30-2010, 08:34 AM
I'm now a Sheriff's Deputy in Bernalillo County, NM (3 years). Three my of my good friends have been laid to rest after being killed in the line of duty (during my short career)... I hate seeing this kind of thing happen...

Rest in Peace my Brother.

MOhillbilly
11-30-2010, 09:24 AM
my bro is gettin ready to go to county. On one hand i always wanna see my bros do what they want in life. On the other i dont want them to get hurt.

DJ's left nut
11-30-2010, 09:36 AM
In and out of jail 10 times over the last few years oftentimes for violent offenses. Fails to appear at his court hearing after posting bond and what is his punishment? Another bond (whatever Judge granted that should lose his robe). Part of a violent Mexican street gang.

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=165731&catid=339

Nah, the criminal justice system and our border security is just fine.

The state and nation that Officer Brownlee gave his life to protect is as complicit in his death as Reyes was. This is a tragedy that never should've occurred.

RIP.

stevieray
11-30-2010, 10:10 AM
it seems that more officers are being killed in the line of duty in the last few years....

sad story....RIP

thebrad84
11-30-2010, 10:59 AM
In and out of jail 10 times over the last few years oftentimes for violent offenses. Fails to appear at his court hearing after posting bond and what is his punishment? Another bond (whatever Judge granted that should lose his robe). Part of a violent Mexican street gang.

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=165731&catid=339

Nah, the criminal justice system and our border security is just fine.

The state and nation that Officer Brownlee gave his life to protect is as complicit in his death as Reyes was. This is a tragedy that never should've occurred.

RIP.

This is actually the case too many times. People get seriously hurt or killed by a repeat offender who has shown several times over that he is someone who can't live by societal rules and will be a career criminal, yet he is still out there walking amongst us because he keeps getting suspended sentences/probation/parole handed to him because there is no prison or jail to keep him in.

DenverChief
11-30-2010, 10:31 PM
Something needs to be done about the mexican gang problems. They arras leaving the big cities for rural because LEOs are from smaller depts with less experience in gang issues and little immediate backup