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Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz | Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Brian Robert Litz

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, February 7, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 3483

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Brian Litz was shot and killed at approximately 1300 hours while making a routine well-being check on an elderly man, who lived alone in a retirement community.

The man's son had called the Sheriff's Office asking the department to check on his father. He advised that his father had a gun and stated that he had not heard from his father in two days. When Deputy Litz approached the house to check on the 74-year-old man, the man refused to respond.

One of the deputies took cover behind a post, while Deputy Litz approached the front of the house in a defensive position in an attempt to get a better visual on the male. He was crouched below a row of windows when the male opened fire from above, fatally wounding him. The other deputies on the scene returned fire, killing the male.

Deputy Litz had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for 9 years and was a member of the K9 unit. He is survived by his wife and 5-year-old son.

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Officer Brian Litz was a great individual, we met one time but the one time is a everlasting memory...

Me and a couple of good friends were out on the back lawn of there house playing football with a soccer ball, Officer Brian Litz was passing by possibly just doing regular routine work, I gave him the peace sign high in the air as he was passing by, but he clearly didn't know what I was doing.
lol...He whipped his car around and pulled up to us, he got out of car and approached me and said "What was that for" and I said what are you talking about, and he said " You flicked me a bird and I was wondering why" with a smile.. I replied " sir i threw you a peace sign not the middle finger, as we proceeded to talk, he asked me what game were we playing, and we said football, but we didn't own an actual football... Officer Litz asked us if we were going to be playing out there for a while, we said yes.. he then got in his patrol car in left... approximately one hour later he returned with a brand new football and gave it to us.. i couldn't thank him enough for that, the ball was as nice of a football that i have ever saw... it was actually so nice until i never even took that ball out doors again after that day.... Sadly maybe a month later, I discovered the death of Officer Litz on the local news.. ive never felt so hurt about a person ive only know for about thirty minutes of my life.. :( he was a good guy, i hope his family gets this message to witness even more good things he has done for us kids growing up in the community that was less fortunate. I wish his family well, im sure the memories you have of him are amazing!!!

Lavar Grimes
The Wigwam resort, Military spouse
March 11, 2015

 

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