12/09/2010

Fla. deputy shot, killed by suicidal suspect

One suspect committed suicide and another is believed to be at large

By PoliceOne Staff

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Deputy Brandon Coates was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of South Nashville Avenue and 45th Street at around 8:30 pm.

Two suspects who were in the vehicle fled the scene after the shooting. As other deputies searched the area one of the suspects committed suicide. The second suspect remains at large.

Deputy Coates had served with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for 4½ years and was assigned to the Tactical Anti-Crime Unit. He is survived by his wife, who also serves as a deputy with the agency.

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