Detective Donald Lee DeBruno

Detective Donald Lee DeBruno

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, December 10, 1975

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Donald Lee DeBruno

Detective DeBruno was shot and killed while he and his partner attempted to serve warrants on a man wanted for six thefts in Kentucky and the murder of a man in Toronto, Canada. Detective DeBruno and his partner located the man at the Denver Bus Station. A gunfight resulted. Detective DeBruno was shot in the chest, his partner was wounded, and the suspect was critically wounded.

The suspect, 29, shot four times and parylized from the waist down, was sentenced to life in prison, but becomes eligible for parole in 2006. His parole was denied. He has another hearing in December, 2007.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .36 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I think of you often, Don. I will never forget that night.
I have lost touch with your wonderful wife, Fran, but I hold you all in my heart and prayers every day. My step son (Aurora PD) and son-in-law (Denver PD) are police officers, and I've spoken of you many times to them. RIP, my friend.

Cindy Dreiling Lantz
Just a friend

August 31, 2015

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