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Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Bryan Sleeper - [Burleigh County, North Dakota]
By PoliceOne Staff
BURLEIGH COUNTY, N.D. — A deputy sheriff who was arresting a suspect suffered a fatal heart attack early Wednesday morning, preliminary autopsy results indicate.
Bryan Sleeper, 39, attempted to subdue a combative suspect who a fellow deputy had stopped for speeding, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. The suspect fled, so Sleeper and the other deputy confronted the man at his home, deploying their TASERs twice.
Sleeper collapsed shortly after and was transported to the hospital, where he could not be revived.
In 2007, Sleeper was among several winners of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association’s life-saving award, according to The Republic. He was a three-year veteran of the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department.
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