Deputy Sheriff Brandy Lyn Winfield

Deputy Sheriff Brandy Lyn Winfield

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, October 14, 2004

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Brandy Lyn Winfield

Deputy Brandy Winfield was shot and killed after being dispatched to check on a disabled vehicle on State Route 423.

After responding to the call, Deputy Winfield encountered two men walking along the road and made contact with them. No further radio contact was made with dispatchers.

A short time later, Deputy Winfield was found shot in his patrol car which was upside down in a ravine along the roadway. Deputy Winfield was transported to a local hospital where he died. The original vehicle was located a short time later off of Route 23 near Delaware following a massive manhunt. Two suspects were apprehended later in the week and were charged with aggravated murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to 2 years probation for obstruction of justice. The 20-year-old shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years to life. He will be eligible for parole on October 4, 2047.

Deputy Winfield had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Department for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 6

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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The morning after Brandy was murdered by that coward I remember walking into the daycare center to drop off my son so I could go to class at OSUM. I remember the look on everyone’s faces. I saw tears. I hadn’t listened to the news so I wasn’t sure what was going on. Then the director told me and my heart shattered. I couldn’t believe something like that would happen in Marion. Sure there was crime but not that kind. Not the murder of someone who protects us and especially not a deputy who was just trying to assist a stranded person. Over the next few days and weeks I learned more. The more I learned the more angry and heartbroken I became. I did not know Brandy but I knew he was someone whose not only job it was but passion it was to protect me and my son and our community if help was ever needed. That is such a selfless act. To learn that he had been taken from his wife and young children was devastating. I still to this day cannot wrap my mind around why this person felt the need to take the life of your husband. I have never forgotten about what happened. I listened to the podcast and learned so much more than I knew. I had no idea what had happened that the news didn’t report. It’s stories like Brandy’s and Your’s that cause me to become angry when I hear all this negativity about police these days. People have no idea what the officer is putting at stake and what the officer’s family may lose. I support the blue 100%. The news only shows the rare black sheep officers. They don’t do stories on hero’s anymore and it is sad. Your husband is a hero in my eyes and I want you to tell your boys that he is not forgotten. All of you paid the ultimate sacrifice that night. You all are still remembered even by complete strangers. Hugs, prayers, and love sent to you and your family.


February 5, 2022

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