Officer Bryan Brown, a 19-year veteran of the department, was fatally injured Thursday after responding to reports of a public disturbance by an armed and erratic driver in the small community of Why, according to a release. The suspect attempted to flee but was taken into custody by Tohono O’odham police, with help from U.S. Border Patrol agents, authorities said.
For the past 10 years, Brown had served as a school resource officer for the tribe’s Baboquivari Unified School District. On Facebook, the school district posted a message from Superintendent Edna Morris about Brown’s passing.
“He will always be remembered for his kindness, loyalty, integrity and ability to connect with our children,” Morris wrote. “Everywhere he was, children would run up to him to give him hugs and acknowledge him. It was clear to me that he was beloved by so many.”