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 murder in Canada. Detective DeBruno was shot in the chest during the arrest.

Detective DeBruno's partner and the suspect were also shot and wounded in the shootout.

The suspect 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 Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • 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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