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Deputy Sheriff Bryan Keith Sleeper | Burleigh County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota Burleigh County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota

Deputy Sheriff

Bryan Keith Sleeper

Burleigh County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 4837

Cause: Heart attack

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Deputy Sheriff Bryan Sleeper suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting another deputy arrest a combative subject at about 12:45 am.

The other deputy had attempted to stop the man for speeding, but the suspect refused to stop and drove to his home. During the ensuing confrontation, the man was tased twice before Deputy Sleeper could handcuff him.

Deputy Sleeper collapsed moments later. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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I knew Bryan for about 6 years. I met him when I was 13 and he was 18 as he was a life guard at the YMCA. Later we attended the same martial arts schools in Bismarck for four years. He was one of many role models for me growing up in the Bismarck community and I looked up to him a lot due to the age difference. Even so one of the last times we saw each other back when I was 19 and he about 25 he told me I had been his teacher since I was 13 years old, that he had learned from me. He said I had been teaching him since I was a 7th grader. I begged him to stay at the YMCA part time once he became a cop because I figured it would create an opportunity for him to continue to build relationships with the youth of the community as well as others. He still found time to work as a life guard at the Y at the time of his death at 39.

Linda Spafford
October 9, 2014


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