Police Officer Bryan Brown

Police Officer Bryan Brown

Tohono O'odham Nation Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Thursday, August 27, 2020

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Bryan Brown

Police Officer Bryan Brown was killed as he and other officers responded to reports of an armed man driving erratically near the Desert Diamond Why Casino near Why, Arizona, at about 9:00 a.m.

When Officer Brown arrived at the scene the man immediately approached him while holding a broken bottle, prompting Officer Brown to back up as he sought cover and issued commands. The man got into Officer Brown's vehicle, stealing it, and drove down Arizona 86 before making a U-turn and intentionally ramming a United States Border Patrol vehicle. He then accelerated as he drove directly toward Officer Brown, who was able to shoot the subject before being struck by the vehicle.

Members of the Tohono O'odham National Police Department and the United States Border Patrol arrested the subject following a pursuit during which he struck two other Border Patrol vehicles multiple times. The man later told investigators that he was high on meth at the time.

Officer Brown was flown to a hospital in Phoenix, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The subject was charged federally with murder and three counts of assaulting a federal law enforcement officer.

Officer Brown was a U.S Army veteran of the Gulf War. He had served with the Tohono O'odham Nation Police Department for 19 years, including 10 years as a school resource officer. He is survived by his wife, seven children, four stepchildren, eight grandchildren, seven siblings, and his father.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 129
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Automobile; Narcotics involved
  • Offender Charged with murder

arrest attempt, weapons violation

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I met officer Brown in the military in germany with the 159th medical Co. We always hung out together and have alot of stories to tell. When he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and became the squad leader he was a strong and good leader and very funny which made the military a fun experience. I could go on and on about us but i am shocked to hear about his passing. we were going to meet once he retired i owed him to dinners because of sports bet. i believe he is in a good place. my sympathy goes out to his family he was good father and husband always talked about his wonderful wife and kids. god bless you.

David Stommes

January 7, 2021

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