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Deputy Sheriff Henry Lloyd Brooks | Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff

Henry Lloyd Brooks

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Saturday, January 18, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Charged with manslaughter

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Deputy Brooks was killed by a vehicle while he was investigating a crime scene when a drunk driver struck him, and then tried to flee. A helicopter responded to the scene where Deputy Brooks was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle was apprehended a short distance away. At the time of the accident the suspect was under the influence of alcohol and tranquilizers. The original charges of homicide were reduced to manslaughter in court.
Deputy Brooks is survived by his wife and two small children.

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Deputy Henry Brooks was a fine officer, of whom I worked closely with. At the time of his death, he was an Evidence Technician. I was the Senior Latent Print Examiner, so we frequently talked about cases and we improved each other’s way of doing our jobs. Deputy Brooks was also a member of the Alabama Air National Guard.

Deputy Brooks had returned to his vehicle to retrieve more film to photograph the scene he was at. Though Henry did his job, by the book, his killer swerved deeply off of the road, hit Deputy Brooks, knocking him for many years, and Henry was killed. After the killer was apprehended, and he was taken to the county jail where he was informed that he had killed a deputy, to which he said, " I don't give a (F word)" The trial jury did not do Deputy Brooks right, and the reduction in the killer's sentence was an injustice and an insult to Deputy Brooks, his wife, his children, to other deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and to officers throughout the nation.

Henry was a friend, and though it has been fifteen years now, I still think of him and his family. I also served in our departments Honor Guard, playing bagpipes at police funerals and memorial services, and though all,” killed in the line of duty,” funerals are hard, this one was the most difficult one that I was ever to play at.

You are missed, my friend!!

Senior Fingerprint Tech Charles R. Smith
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and friend
June 22, 2012

 

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