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Police Officer George W. Brown | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

George W. Brown

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, December 17, 1904

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman George Brown was shot and killed by a man who thought he was about to be arrested.

The suspect had just robbed another man in the area and was hiding in bushes in a yard. Patrolman Brown, who was on mounted patrol, had noticed a separate suspicious person who was unrelated to the robbery case, standing near the foliage.

He ordered the suspicious person to come over to him. As the man did so, the robbery suspect fired two rounds from the bushes, striking Patrolman Brown in the chest. The suspect was arrested several years later in Stockton, California.

Patrolman Brown had served with the Oakland Police Department for 3-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, child, and parents.

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Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen
February 23, 2012

 

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