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Detention Sergeant Ronnie O'Neal Brown | Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Detention Sergeant

Ronnie O'Neal Brown

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 2896

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 8/30/2009

Weapon: Person

Offender: In custody

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Sergeant Ronnie Brown passed away as a result of complications from injuries inflicted by an inmate one week earlier.

The inmate, who was in custody on a murder charge, had refused to leave his cell in the South County Jail and broke the head off of a sprinkler. As Sergeant Brown and another deputy attempted to extract him from the cell, the inmate shoved him against a wall and then onto the floor. Other deputies pulled Sergeant Brown from the cell and then closed the door.

The next morning Sergeant Brown was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital to be treated for a back injury. The following afternoon he was taken to a second hospital where it was discovered that his back had been fractured. He underwent surgery the following day.

On September 8th Sergeant Brown's wife discovered him deceased in his hospital room when she arrived for a visit.

On March 19, 2010, the suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years for his involvement in the murder of a man over a drug related incident. On May 21, 2010, he received an additional 20 years for battery by detainee, obstructing a crime investigation, and arson, convictions stemming from an unrelated incident. He is awaiting trial for Sergeant Brown's murder.

Sergeant Brown had served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter. His wife also serves as a detention deputy with the agency.

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My dear Dad it has been 5 years and it seems like yesterday when I got that horrible call from Ma. The kids are getting so big and they miss you like crazy. The boys are into sports now and I know that you would have loved to see them play. I would do anything to hear you call my bucket head and even pick at me about me talking slow. I love you big guy. Gone but NEVER forgotten. A man remebered never dies!!!

Lataundria Johnson
September 12, 2014


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