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Sergeant Allen David Brandt | Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska

Sergeant

Allen David Brandt

Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Friday, October 28, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 1110

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/16/2016

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Charged with murder

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Sergeant Allen Brandt succumbed to complications of gunshot wounds sustained shortly after midnight on October 16th, 2016, while responding to a shots fired call on the 300 block of Seventh Avenue.

As Sergeant Allen Brandt arrived in the area he observed a man walking down the sidewalk. He pulled over as he approached the pedestrian, and the man dashed in front of the car with a gun in his hand. Sergeant Brandt opened the door to get behind the police car for protection and the man opened fire, striking him five times in the legs. One additional round was stopped by Sergeant Brandt's vest. The man then kicked Sergeant Brandt in the head before stealing his service weapon and patrol car.

The subject fled the scene in the patrol car but was arrested two days later. He was charged with murder, assault, vehicle theft, theft and tampering with evidence.

A piece of shrapnel from the round that struck Sergeant Brandt's vest lodged in Sergeant Brandt's eye. On October 27th, 2016, Sergeant Brandt underwent surgery in an attempt to remove the shrapnel and save his eye. He suffered severe complications during the surgery and passed away the following day.

Sergeant Brandt had served with the Fairbanks Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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Sgt. Brandt was my brother. The first shot which blinded Allen occurred before the shooter dashed in front of the car while the shooter was not visible to the dash camera. In the subsequent altercation, Allen was unable to see and could only react to what he heard. After Allen's vehicle was stolen, he dragged himself out of the street and immediately called in to the station. A nearby resident stood watch with Allen until help arrived. She told me that Allen was a consummate professional. He had not waited for backup before responding to the shots fired. The shooter had fired shots into at least one hotel room. Allen's practice was to be the first officer on the scene whenever innocent lives were in danger. Allen was the overnight watch commander and it was his call to go in alone. The Fairbanks police department has very few officers at night considering the size of the population. It is a different breed of person who runs toward danger instead of away from it to act as a shield of defense for others. God bless every police servant who, like Allen, is willing to lay down his life to save others. Allen was highly praised by his fellow officers and the community in which he served. At an address to the city council shortly after the shooting, he expressed that he had seen the hand of God in his situation. I can only pray for the shooter and that others come to a saving knowledge of Jesus as a result of this, as Allen strived to tell people about Jesus whenever possible. He was a great example of humility and grace. He leaves behind a wife and four children and will be greatly missed.

Aaron Brandt
Brother
May 13, 2017

 

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