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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Kent Brownlee | Weld County Sheriff's Office, Colorado Weld County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff

Samuel Kent Brownlee

Weld County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 5 years

Badge # W679

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sam Brownlee was shot and killed while attempting to capture a suspect following a high-speed chase.

A deputy from neighboring Morgan County and a Wiggins police officer attempted to stop the suspect after identifying the suspect's vehicle in relation to an earlier domestic violence case. The suspect refused to yield and led officers from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase across Morgan and Weld counties.

The pursuit at times exceeded 100 miles per hour before stop sticks were deployed, successfully disabling the vehicle in a residential area of Evans. The suspect attempted an escape and a struggle ensued between the suspect, Deputy Brownlee, and several officers. The suspect was able to gain Deputy Brownlee's service weapon and shot Deputy Brownlee three times. The suspect was shot by other officers at the scene and died later at a nearby medical center.

Deputy Brownlee had served with the Weld County Sheriff's Office for five years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two stepchildren.

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