Patrolman Brett David Markwood

Patrolman Brett David Markwood

Lancaster Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 1993

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Brett David Markwood

Patrolman Brett Markwood was shot and killed while chasing a man suspected of robbing a Dairy Mart store. Patrolman Markwood and other officers had been called to the scene and were able to follow footprints that were left in the fresh snow. The officers caught sight of the man and a foot chase ensued.

The suspect rounded the corner of a house at 1019 Second Street and then laid in wait for the first officer. Patrolman Markwood turned the corner and the suspect shot him in the face at close range and then ran past him. The suspect was arrested about 10 minutes later after trying to submerge himself in a nearby creek.

He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in prison on January 31st, 2011.

Patrolman Markwood is survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 74

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

ambush, foot pursuit, robbery

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 27 years. It seems like just yesterday we were going through the academy together. You are not forgotten, and I know you haven’t forgotten us down here. I can imagine you in that cloud of witnesses cheering us on as we run this race to bring God’s peace here on earth. It’ll be a great day when we meet again and can run like we did in the academy and not grow weary.

Your brother in Christ & in blue,

Jeff Devereaux

Officer Jeff Devereaux
Lancaster Police Department

February 21, 2020

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