A suspect killed an officer who stopped by to help him
National police officer Tohono O’odham was killed Thursday when a man who told detectives he was “taking methamphetamine” stole his patrol car and knocked him to the ground.
Agent Brian Brown, a 19-year veteran, answered a call about an “armed and unstable” driver at the Desert Diamond Casino in Wye, Arizona, a small settlement about 2 hours west of Tucson.
The suspect robbed the officer’s car and hit him with the vehicle
Galvan approached Brown, who backed away from his patrol car, but Galvan jumped to his feet and took off on Highway 86. But he turned sharply, according to a complaint against him, crashed into the marked border patrol vehicle, turned around, and go straight. towards Brown, hitting him and moving. The complaint said Brown shot Galvan before he was wounded.
Galvan escaped back onto Highway 86, crashing into another border police vehicle and an unmarked vehicle, ramming two vehicles multiple times before stopping.
The officer was pronounced dead in the hospital
The people of Tohono O’odham said Brown was taken to a hospital in Phoenix where he was pronounced dead. Galvan was also injured, according to the reports, but the complaint referred only to a neck injury. The nation said in a statement it is in treatment.
Charges against the suspect
Galvan is charged with one count of murder and three of assaulting a federal officer.
Tohono O’odham Nation said Brown has been a favorite police officer and has worked as a counselor for the Baboquivari Unified School District for the past 10 years. He was an Army veteran and left behind a wife, seven children, four adopted children, eight grandchildren, seven brothers, and his father.