Police Officer Brian Russell Pierce, Jr.

Police Officer Brian Russell Pierce, Jr.

Brooklyn Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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Brian Russell Pierce, Jr.

Police Officer Brian Pierce was struck and killed by a fleeing vehicle while attempting to deploy spike strips on the McKinley Bridge during a vehicle pursuit at about 3:00 am.

Other officers from Brooklyn had started pursuing the vehicle following an incident at a local nightclub. Officer Pierce was attempting to deploy the spike strips on the bridge just prior to the state line when he was struck. The vehicle continued to flee into St. Louis, Missouri, where it was later found abandoned.

Approximately one hour later, as officers and detectives were conducting their investigation at the scene of the incident, another car drove through the police line at a high rate of speed. Officers and one of the occupants exchanged gunfire. The driver was wounded, and all four occupants were taken into custody.

The driver who struck Officer Pierce was apprehended in Missouri. He was charged with first-degree murder, failure to report a crash involving a death, reckless homicide, failure to stop after a crash involving a death, and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police. The subject was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison plus 13 years.

Officer Pierce had served with the Brooklyn Police Department for nine months and had previously served with the Spillertown Police Department for two years. He also served with the Makanda Fire Department. He is survived by his parents.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years, 9 months
  • Badge 765

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Life plus 13 years

spike strips, vehicle pursuit

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Mother of Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011 Fond du Lac PD

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