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Deputy Sheriff Lonny Gene Brewer | San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Lonny Gene Brewer

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, December 5, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Brewer was shot and killed by a suspect who was barricaded in his home after firing shots into his neighborhood. Deputy Brewer, who was a member of the SWAT team, was shot in the arm in-between the panels of his vest with an AK-47.

The SWAT team was attempting to break down the front door when shots were fired by the suspect. The suspect was later shot and killed by SWAT team members. He ran out of the house shooting due to a fire started by tear gas canisters. When the suspect exited the home, he was wearing a gas mask, and camouflage clothing.

Deputy Brewer is survived by his wife, who was also a member of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

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Lonny you were our friend and co-worker. I remember you coming by our house to lift weights with Jody, both of you pushing to keep fit. Cathy, I worked with you at Las Colinas and competed with and against you in the California Police Olympics. Those were good times. I remember the day when Lonny became an angel. It all seemed surreal. He was killed in my home town. It seems like it was yesterday although it was 28 years ago. Cathy, I know you miss him and that ache and sorrow will never go away. Know that I will never forget either one of you. Every door I knock on reminds me of Lonny's sacrifice. I have been fortunate to continue working in Law Enforcement for 37+ years and owe my safety to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Never Forget!

Former SDSO Deputy, Jo Nelson
December 4, 2015

 

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