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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.

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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.”


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    fraustr1

    over 3 years ago

    522 Comments

    R.I.P

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    My thoughts are the the slain Deputy and his family. RIP brother.

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    ksphatcop

    over 3 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    FBD183

    over 3 years ago

    728 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother,,,,May Justice Be Swift And Hard for Those Responsible

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    Avacop310

    over 3 years ago

    476 Comments

    RIP

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    bikecop45

    over 3 years ago

    206 Comments

    Although I used to live nearby, grew up, went to school in Orange County and later left while in the Army. That area or SOBT has always had a significant level of criminal activity and to me too dangerous to hang out in anymore. RIP Brother!

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    Grafton817

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIP Deputy

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    station_100_2003

    over 3 years ago

    552 Comments

    You are gone to soon. God had a special place to fill in heaven so he chose you. May you rest in peace. You served the public well. My prayers go out to your family, friends, and fellow officers. God Bless till we meet again.

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    Chief171

    over 3 years ago

    3194 Comments

    RIP BROTHER..

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    sgt457

    over 3 years ago

    1204 Comments

    RIP

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    buck

    over 3 years ago

    1290 Comments

    God bless and thank you for your service in your community. May you rest in peace and the angels watch out for your family and friends.

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    Jason1243

    over 3 years ago

    84 Comments

    RIP, you and your family are in my prayers!

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    RGKS3

    over 3 years ago

    116 Comments

    'ALL GIVE SOME....SOME GIVE ALL'

    RIP Deputy Sheriff Brandon Coates.
    Prayers to you family, friends, and the
    Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Resr In Peace Deputy Brandon Coates, may the good Lord comfort your wife, family, friends and fellow officers during this time of grief. The ones responsible for this senseless act will be brought to justice.

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    JCastelot

    over 3 years ago

    228 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother. Prayers are going out all family and friends of the Deputy

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