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Colo. deputy shot and killed in high-speed chase

The pursuit at times exceeded 100 miles per hour before stop sticks were deployed

Duty Death: Sam Brownlee - [Weld County Sheriff's Office, Colorado]


By PoliceOne Staff

WELD COUNTY, Colo — Deputy Sam Brownlee was shot and killed while attempting to capture a suspect following a high-speed chase.

A deputy from neighboring Morgan County and a Wiggins police officer attempted to stop the suspect after identifying the suspect's vehicle in relation to an earlier domestic violence case. The suspect refused to yield and led officers from multiple agencies on a high-speed case across Morgan and Weld counties.

Deputy Sam Brownlee (right) was shot and killed while attempting to capture a suspect (Ruben Reyes, left) following a high-speed chase.
Deputy Sam Brownlee (right) was shot and killed while attempting to capture a suspect (Ruben Reyes, left) following a high-speed chase.

The pursuit at times exceeded 100 miles per hour before stop sticks were deployed, successfully disabling the vehicle in a residential area of Evans. Deputy Brownlee pursued the suspect on foot before both were shot in an exchange of gunfire.

Deputy Brownlee had served with the Weld County Sheriff's Office for five years. He is survived by his wife.

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