Brandon Lee Coates

     Deputy First Class Brandon Lee Coates

     Orange County Sheriff’s Office

     EOW: December 8, 2010

      Age: 27 / Tour: 4 years, 6 months 

     Cause: Gunfire / Suspect: Committed suicide  

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. Moments after radioing in the traffic stop 911 dispatchers received calls stating a deputy had been shot and received a description of the suspect’s vehicle.

The vehicle was located at a nearby apartment complex. During the ensuing search for the suspect, the man’s body was found suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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, his mother and brother. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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