Deputy Sheriff Bryan Keith Sleeper

Deputy Sheriff Bryan Keith Sleeper

Burleigh County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bryan Keith Sleeper

Deputy Sheriff Bryan Sleeper suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting another deputy arrest a combative subject at about 12:45 am.

The other deputy had attempted to stop the man for speeding, but the suspect refused to stop and drove to his home. During the ensuing confrontation, the man was tased twice before Deputy Sleeper could handcuff him.

Deputy Sleeper collapsed moments later. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 4837

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Bryan and I worked together at the North Dakota State Penitentiary and I did a lot of overtime shifts with him as well did stuff on SORT. I always liked Bryan and I considered him a friend. He was a lot of fun with his own brand of character too and one of the most reliable officers I had the honor to work with.

In addition to everything else one of the biggest things about Bryan that stand out is how he treated others, myself in particular. Two words come to mind. Dignity and respect.

One of the funniest memories I have or Bryan is when we were doing the emergency medical refresher class together in Bismarck and we sat together at one of the tables in class. We were in the back of the class (right where we should be) haha, and the conversation in class came up about guns in the back of am ambulance.

The conversation was two fold, it was about how EMS crews should handle a firearm found on a patient, like a concealed carry licensee for example, and then another class member took it a step further and said he won't even let law enforcement officers in the back of his ambulance with a firearm.

If you knew Bryan, you would be laughing about now. Both Bryan and I were ripping a new one on a couple of the others in class and when Bryan tore into it, I was not only backing him at that point but laughing extensively at the same time.

That conversation did though bring some things to light regarding a need for training for EMS and I developed a training program for EMS continuing ed following that class. Good things came out of it, but was that ever a conversation not to be forgotten any time soon!

Bryan has been sorely missed, never forgotten, always remembered. Bryan was a friend.

Investigator Richard Anderson

January 3, 2017

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