Investigator Lemuel Delray Bruce

Investigator Lemuel Delray Bruce

Houston Fire Marshal's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, October 16, 2020

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Lemuel Delray Bruce

Investigator Lemuel Bruce was shot and killed at about 3:30 am while conducting surveillance as part of an ongoing arson investigation in the Timbergrove and Heights areas.

He and six other investigators were conducting surveillance following a string of vehicle fires. Investigator Bruce noticed a car matching the description near the intersection of Seamist Drive and West 18th Street, four blocks away from where another vehicle fire had been set minutes earlier. He was in radio contact with the other investigators and was attempting to coordinate a stop of the vehicle when the man opened fire on him, striking him multiple times.

Despite his wounds, Investigator Bruce was able to return fire. The subject committed suicide.

Investigator Bruce was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Houston Fire Department for 16 years and had been assigned to the Houston Fire Marshal's Office as a sworn arson investigator for five years. He is survived by his wife, 12-year-old daughter, and 8-year-old son.

Bio

  • Age 44
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

arson, surveillance

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their wealth
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willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
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City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 10, 2020

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