Police Officer Randolph E. Brightwell

Police Officer Randolph E. Brightwell

Howard County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, May 29, 1961

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Randolph E. Brightwell

Police Officer Randolph Brightwell was shot and killed after stopping a car for having a loud muffler on Fells Lane in Ellicott City.

Unbeknownst to Officer Brightwell, the two occupants had just committed an armed robbery of a convenience store and had murdered the clerk.

During the traffic stop, the two men attacked Officer Brightwell and shot him with his own service weapon. Both men were convicted but were released after serving only 16 years.

Officer Brightwell had served with the Howard County Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Both paroled after 16 years

murder suspect, parolee, robbery, traffic stop

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I salute you Randy.. A true hero protecting the citizens of Howard County.

Asst. Chief of Police Paul Smith
Bridgewater Borough Pa.

August 26, 2020

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