Deputy First Class Brandon Lee Coates

Deputy First Class Brandon Lee Coates

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brandon Lee Coates

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Coates was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of South Nashville Avenue and 45th Street at around 8:30 pm. Moments after radioing in the traffic stop 911 dispatchers received calls stating a deputy had been shot and received a description of the suspect's vehicle.

The vehicle was located at a nearby apartment complex. During the ensuing search for the suspect, the man's body was found suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Coates had served with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for 4½ years and was assigned to the Tactical Anti-Crime Unit. He is survived by his wife, who also serves as a deputy with the agency, his mother and brother. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Almost 8 years have come and gone since Brandon's passing and the pain still feels as if it were yesterday. I often come here and read all the reflections everyone has left to remind me just what an amazing man, deputy, husband and friend who was taken from me that awful night, who was taken from us all. Thank you to everyone who took the time to ever leave a reflection as these are memories I will cherish forever, and truly tell the man he was and the heart of gold he had.

Brandon Lee I will love you until the day I die with all that I have and all that I am. Thank you for making me a better person, a better wife, a better deputy sheriff, and a better friend. I owe you for the person I am today...I love you snookie bookie...


August 17, 2018

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