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27-Year-Old Deputy Shot, Killed During Traffic Stop

27-Year-Old Deputy Shot, Killed During Traffic Stop

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The Orlando Sentinal via YellowBrix

December 09, 2010

ORANGE COUNTY, FL – An Orange County deputy sheriff making “an investigative traffic stop” was shot in the head and killed tonight on South Orange Blossom Trail, Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

“We lost a 27-year-old deputy sheriff tonight, out patrolling the streets of Orange County,” the sheriff said, flanked by his wife, Orlando police Chief Val Demings.

Asked what he told the young deputy’s widow, Demings said he told her that the community would stand behind her.

“I said to her that our law-enforcement agency — our law-enforcement family — we stand behind her,” Demings said. “That while we may be weakened tonight, we’re certainly not broken.”

Demings would not release the deputy’s identity because, while his wife had been told, other relatives had not. “We are still working through trying to notify family members of the death of the deputy.”

Demings confirmed a suspect in the shooting was located nearby and “may have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Sources said a police dog and handler who heard a muffled gunshot discovered the deceased suspect.

A second suspect was still at large, and Demings said the manhunt was still on.

“I hope and pray that we locate the person responsible, and that justice will be done to whoever was involved,” he said.


Brandon Lyals was found dead after investigators say he was involved in the fatal shooting of an Orange County deputy during a traffic stop.

Demings said the deputy’s wife also is an Orange County deputy sheriff. He said the couple has been married about a year and have no children. He said the deputy and his wife had been with the Sheriff’s Office about 4 1/2 years.

High-ranking sheriff’s officials and Orlando police leaders congregated at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where the deputy was transported. A medical examiner’s van arrived about 10:30 p.m. and left nearly an hour later in a caravan led by deputies.

The deadly shooting began as a traffic stop about 8:30 p.m. near a storage center on South Orange Blossom trail, sheriff’s Capt Angelo Nieves said.

The deputy called in the stop, but calls about the shooting were phoned in by the public. When deputies arrived, the deputy was found shot. The suspects fled in a vehicle after the shooting said Nieves, who did not provide a description of the vehicle.

The second scene, where Demings said one suspect was found dead, was located about a mile away, at the Huntington On The Green apartment complex near South Texas Avenue and Americana Boulevard.

Authorities continued to hunt for others who may have been involved, Nieves said. “At this point we don’t have anyone in custody,” he said.

South Orange Blossom Trail near the scene of the shooting at 45th Street was been closed in both directions. Most side streets in the area also were closed.

Dozens of sheriff’s cruisers, Orlando police cars and Florida Highway Patrol troopers, along with officers wearing masks and body armor, remained in the neighborhood late Wednesday.

Authorities have offered a $5,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of the suspect still at large. Anyone with information can call the Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.

Asked to describe the deceased deputy, Demings said he was “a very professional law enforcement officer who enjoyed coming to work every day.” He said the deputy was very popular among his coworkers.

“He’s going to be missed,” Demings said. “He’s going to be missed within our agency.”

  • St-michael_max50


    over 3 years ago


    God Speed Deputy served your nation and your community in peace and watch over those that continue to have done your time. My prayers to Deputy Coates' family especially his wife in green. will be missed Sir.

    ***Dear Saint Michael....rush to Deputy Coates' side and lead him to the gates of Heavan so he may have peace. Amen.

  • Me_aloof_1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother. You will be missed. Your Wife, family, friends, and co-workers will be in my prayers. May justice be served to the POS who did this.

  • Images_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    He stared evil in the face and even though he was killed, he still won the fight. He won the fight because he made a difference in his community and is leaving a lasting impression. No one will ever be able to take that away from him. Mr. Coates you will be greatly missed by everyone. Its your time to rest now, your job on earth is 10-98.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Deputy Sheriff Brandon Coates RIPB. May God hold you in His arms on your final watch in Heaven. Until we met again when Truth in all It's Glory will Triumph over Sin.

  • Horizon_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP brother may the person responsible burn in hell!

  • Pr_photos_018_cropped_suit_shot_max50


    over 3 years ago


    May God wrap His arms of love and comfort around the family and friends. No words can fill the void but our Heavenly Father can. RIP my brother.

  • Ssgt_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Craig_w_floyd_and_chaplain_david_matthew_with_the_police_banner_max50


    over 3 years ago


    To all .my law enforcement friends I have you me in your prayers: To the members of the Orange County Sheriff Officer thank you for blessing us with this hero who protected us from harm and to the family and friends of this Deputy Sheriff who was killed in the line of duty have you my prayers always and forever. Like what my police banner says on top of it In Valor There Is Hope. And what it says on the bottom It is not how these officers died that made them heroes it is how they lived.. God bless you Deputy. And may God bless the Orange County Sheriff Office and thank you being my hero..
    David Matthew Duffany of Oakland, Florida....

  • Profile1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Just saying an officer was killed and 'we' need to find the true perp.
    May he RIP and my condolences.

  • Profile1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    So Lyals did it OR his mate did and figured killing the witness was 'wise', make it look like suicide and blame him.

    The years in prison Lyals spent - well the crimes he did it for does not indicate a tendency to murder.
    It certainly indicates a criminal mind which the level of crimes anyone commits is based on internal justifications - a big diff from justifying say robbing a bank and murdering a police officer and surrounding himself with shady people, even contacts due to his prison time..but not murder that is a very escalated mindset.

    BUT after spending 7 years in the slammer, lets face it there is little rehabilitative benefit about prision.
    So maybe he grew a hatred toward law enforcement. Do did the tox screen come out negative?

  • 100_0335_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP my brother...our agency will certainly miss you. My prayers go out to D/S Coates, his wife, and family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Rest in peace. My prayers and thoughts to your family, friends and department.
    God bless you all.

  • My_kids_027_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP my brother you will be missed. Our prayers are out to your family and friends.

  • Rcmp50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Deputy. When is this crap going to end? Another scumbag that should have been in jail.

  • Fhpbadge-1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    to actually hear that call come across the radio was one of the scariest things i have ever heard. I am sorry none of us could have been right there when you needed us. We will do our best to stay strong. Watch over us now, we got the streets. My prayers will be with your wife and i am sure you will be there by her side...

    -1634 -Florida Highway Patrol

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