Sergeant Merlin E. Brune, Jr.

Sergeant Merlin E. Brune, Jr.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, July 12, 1977

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Merlin E. Brune, Jr.

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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 21 years

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Thank you for service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 12, 2020

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