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Sergeant Merlin E. Brune, Jr. | Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Sergeant

Merlin E. Brune, Jr.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 12, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to 21 years

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Sergeant Merlin Brune was shot and killed while investigating a domestic disturbance near Westwego. As Sergeant Brune and several other officers were trying to talk the suspect into coming out of his house he opened fire through his front door killing Sergeant Brune. The suspect surrendered several minutes later.

The suspect was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Sergeant Brune was survived by his wife and two children.

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Uncle Merlin it has been so many years I was only seven when I heard everything on daddy radio you had just left his office asking if you could come pick me up for your graduation. I remember them saying office down and daddy running out to his unit with light and Sirens blaring. I knew in my heart it was you and everyone keep telling me no. When moma came home from the hospital and looked at my dad I knew you were gone. I miss you and wonder what it would be like to still have you here. I think of you often it has been 40 years since you were shot and killed I will never forget his name Willie Morris who took you away for $5.00 of grocery's. I pray for all police officers who are trying to protect us to stay safe and never encounter another Willie Morris he is still living and still in Angola serving out the rest of his life. On day I hope to see him and ask him if it was worth taking a live for 5.00.

Liz
niece
May 12, 2017

 

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