Sergeant John O. "Skinny" Brame

Sergeant John O. "Skinny" Brame

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, January 22, 1931

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John O. "Skinny" Brame

Sergeant John Brame was shot and killed by the same man who had shot and killed Detective Frank Campbell one week earlier.

Officers received information that the man had returned to his home at 921 B Street. When the officers went there to arrest him Sergeant Brame was shot and killed only a few feet away from where Detective Campbell had been shot. The subject was shot and killed by other officers.

Deputy Sheriff John O'Leary, of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department, became ill during the long search for the killer and died as a result.

Sergeant Brame was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI. He had previously served with the Fresno Fire Department.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

murder suspect, warrant service

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Sgt. Brame,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fresno.


United States Border Patrol

January 22, 2021

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