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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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    CynthiaMagdaleno

    over 3 years ago

    1136 Comments

    I pray with LE and the public they find the monster who did this terrible crime - Sympathies to the Demings family and friends. :*(

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    BrantMarshall

    over 3 years ago

    96 Comments

    Rest In Peace... You shall be missed my friend.

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    KRG123

    over 3 years ago

    1544 Comments

    My condolences to the family and friends of Orange County SO Deputy Brandon Coates.
    Rest in Peace.
    My Christmas wish this year............ is for swift justice for any remaining perpetrators.

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    SkoolCop

    over 3 years ago

    4528 Comments

    Rest In Eternal Peace Deputy Coates. May your wife, family and fellow deputies be comforted in this time of grief and sorrow, knowing that you were welcomed home and into the open arms of our Lord. May your brother and sister deputies find those persons responsible and bring them to justice.

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    marine10311

    over 3 years ago

    572 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother ! Job well done we will take it from here.

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    Sophia3451

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    Right before Christmas!!! OMG, RIP, may God be with your family.

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    LoraSnow

    over 3 years ago

    1348 Comments

    RIP.....An angel gets his wings

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    peterson

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    rip

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    k9unit4916

    over 3 years ago

    306 Comments

    rip! this is so sad and we see it to offten! montana just lost a 23 year old h.p

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    Hutch051

    over 3 years ago

    118 Comments

    RIP my Brother.

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    deputy2345

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    RIP......we got it from here

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    troopa

    over 3 years ago

    486 Comments

    RIP, THANK U FOR YOUR SERVICE

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    dslow

    over 3 years ago

    704 Comments

    God be with both Deputies. Rest easy my brother.

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    rebelranger

    over 3 years ago

    108 Comments

    RIP Brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the deputies wife, family, friends and fellow officers.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Deputy

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