Deputy Sheriff Alfred "Butch" Brown, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Alfred "Butch" Brown, Jr.

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, November 17, 1992

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Alfred "Butch" Brown, Jr.

Deputy Alfred Brown succumbed to injuries suffered five days earlier after being struck in the head as he was arresting a man for disorderly conduct in the Cook County 6th District Courthouse in Markham.

During the arrest, the suspect began resisting and gave Deputy Brown a backward headbutt, striking him just above the left eye. The impact caused Deputy Brown to suffer a stroke several hours after the incident, and four more times in the next five days, until his death. The coroner determined Deputy Brown's death was due to blunt head trauma and ruled it a homicide.

The suspect was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was paroled in February 2005 after serving 12 years.

Deputy Brown was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the Cook County Sheriff's Office for 17 years. He was survived by his three children, mother, brothers, and sisters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 1297

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, November 12, 1992
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Paroled after 12 years

arrest attempt, disorderly

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Deputy Sheriff Brown,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 17, 2022

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