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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.”

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Two tours in Iraq and this deputy has his life taken by this scumbag in the USA. I got to believe there is a special place in hell for cop killers. I'm so sorry Deputy Coates, thank you for your military service and your LE service. RIP brother.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


  • Pdpic_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP. walk in peace now

  • Patrol1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Brother. Prayers are for you and your loved ones.

  • Img_1830_max50


    over 3 years ago


    praying GOD wll send angels to comfort this family friends and department, may the angel and the spirit of this officer live forever in each heart,,may this heros act never be forgotton and my his acts never looked at in vain but as some one thru his acts saved many citizens and co-workers,,GOD bless we love ya all
    in JESUS name we pray amen,,, i lost my first sheriff to gun fire 36 years ago to the day,, what he started is still felt today by many as i'm sure the case with this officer,,, prayers always ,,, capt d.a. garland retired

  • 2010-10-03_17


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Brother... May God give your loved ones the strength to carry on without you and may you join the ranks of Guardian Angels watching over us as we take over your watch. With Honor

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest Peacefully Deputy Coates. My prayers and thoughts to your young wife and fellow officers during this tragic time.

  • 12235_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Brother. GOD be with you and yours.

  • Hpqscan0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Deputy,our prayers are with your loved ones you leave behind and may God welcome you home with open arms.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother.

  • 063_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Deputy Coates. Thank You for you service. You did not lose your life, you gave it in service to others. A true HERO. Those close to this HERO, please take comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone....Deputy Coates......Never Forgotten.

  • Plmb2s3sk_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP deputy, prayers to his family.

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Brother, glad to hear that at least one of the suspects is DOA

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    His name is Deputy Brandon Coates.

    Update on the story:

    Rest in peace Deputy Coates, may God comfort the loved ones you leave behind and may He welcome you home with open arms.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


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