WHY, AZ – Officer Bryan Brown, of the Tohono O’odham Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on Thursday while he was trying to subdue an armed suspect.
This happened when police responded to the Desert Diamond Why Casino on the Tohono O’odham Nation, early in the morning of August 27th, KPNX reported
Officer Bryan Brown was seriously injured while trying to arrest the suspect. Prosecutors say the suspect stole Brown’s patrol vehicle, then ran the officer down as he opened fire.
Officer Brown was airlifted to a trauma center at a Phoenix hospital for treatment and died there, the KPNX reported.
According to Agent Villareal, U.S. Border Patrol agents were called in to assist tribal police “who were attempting to apprehend a subject in Why” at about 9 a.m.
Carlos Maximilliano Galvan was arrested and will be facing federal charges. According to police, Galvan said he had been awake for days and was high on meth. Brown arrived at the Casino and found Galvin standing near another vehicle.
Galvin approached Brown wielding a broken bottle. Brown backed away and Galvin jumped behind the wheel of Brown’s Police car and then attempted to flee. First he headed toward Tucson, then he turned around and rammed a border agent’s vehicle, spinning it 180 degrees, according to the complaint.
The Galvin turned his attention to Brown.
Brown shot at the approaching patrol car, as Galvan careened into and over him. Galvin then fled the scene striking two other Boarder Patrol cars. Galvan then drove toward Brown. Brown began shooting at the patrol vehicle, but Galvan ran him over and fled, the complaint says.
When a Tohono O’odham Nation police lieutenant arrived, Galvan was finally arrested by a Tohono O’odham Nation police lieutenant, bringing the mayhem to an end.
Galvan was transported to a hospital in Phoenix to be treated for a neck injury, according to the complaint.
U.S. Border Patrol Agents responded to assist Tohono O'odham Police Department Officers who were attempting to apprehend a subject in Why, Arizona, this morning. Please see below for full statement. pic.twitter.com/jdCFPwkJ8Z
— Roy D. Villareal (@USBPChiefTCA) August 27, 2020
Brown was born in Washington state and served in the U.S. Army for eight years before deciding to become a police officer, according to the tribe. He worked for the Tohono O’odham Police Department since April 2001. Having been on the Tohono O’odham police force for nearly 20 years, he was easily recognized by the people who worked at the casino.
He is survived by his wife, seven children, four stepchildren, eight grandchildren, seven siblings and his father.
Brown was also a school resource officer for the Baboquivari Unified School District, about 60 miles west of Tucson. Tributes poured in for the fallen hero, who was such a beloved member of the community.
Superintendent Edna Morris in a statement on Facebook said Brown worked as a resource officer for the district for 10 years. She said students, parents and staff were saddened by the news of Brown’s death.
Message from the Superintendent: It is with deep sadness that I share in the community's loss of our very own School…
“Today, we not only commemorate his tragic passing, but honor and remember him as he lived,” said Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. in a statement. “We are grateful for his selfless dedication to serving and protecting our communities. His commitment made us all safer.”
“Everywhere he was, children would run up to him to give him hugs and acknowledge him,” Baboquivari Unified School District Superintendent Edna Morris said in a statement. “It was clear to me that he was beloved by so many.”
RIGHT NOW- Police procession ends at the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office for fallen Tohono O’odham Police Officer Bryan Brown who died in the line of duty this morning. @KOLDNews pic.twitter.com/Bve5zddzPs
— Karly Tinsley (@ktinsleynews) August 28, 2020
Tohono O’odham Nation Vice Chairwoman Wavalene Saunders also expressed her condolences, asking the everyone to keep Brown’s colleagues in their thoughts and prayers.
"There are not many individuals that impact an entire community like Officer Brown has."
We're learning more today about Tohono O'odham Police Officer Bryan Brown. Baboquivari Unified School District says he served as a School Resource Officer for the past 10 years.
PIC: BUSD pic.twitter.com/BVlbuADq6Q
— Melissa Egan (@_MelissaEgan) August 28, 2020
“Please also think of his fellow officers who continue to put their lives on the line for us every day,” she said in a statement. “We are grieving this loss together as a Nation, and we are thankful for the outpouring of support and condolences from across the state.”
— ArizonaDOA (@ArizonaDOA) August 28, 2020
Brown is the first officer killed at the Tohono O’odham Reservation since 1998. Arizona has lost six law enforcement officers in 2020. Three, including Brown, were murdered in the line of duty. One died in a motorcycle accident. Two died of Covid-19.
Galvan later told authorities he remembered “backing up into an officer,” according to the criminal complaint. Galvan said he knew he struck an officer and fled in Brown’s marked patrol car because “he was spooked from hitting the officer,” the complaint says.
Just before 11 a.m., Brown was declared dead at a Phoenix hospital, the complaint says.
Court records say Galvan is an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Records do not give his age but say he was born in 1981.
The criminal complaint presses three charges for recklessly using force. In a fourth charge, prosecutors say Galvan “with premeditation and malice aforethought” killed Brown.
Galvan’s first court appearance is scheduled for Monday. His court appointed public defender says that Galvan has not yet entered a plea and he has no further comment at this time.
The FBI is heading up the continuing investigation. Federal charges are being brought.
In the meantime in St. Louis, further details have come to light regarding the investigation into the murder of St. Louis City Police Officer Tamarris Bohannon.
The suspect said to have murdered Officer Bohannon has now been officially charged, according to reports.
But what makes this case even more sordid is that reports indicate that the suspect in question has quite the criminal history.
Alleged suspect in Officer Bohannon homicide, has lengthy criminal history. https://t.co/BIzpleXwpZ
— D.A. King #StandUpToMarxists (@DAKDIS) September 1, 2020
The suspect now in custody has been identified as 43-year-old Thomas James Kinworthy Jr., who is currently being held in the St. Louis city jail.
Kinworthy has been recently charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, assault, burglary, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm according to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office.
Kinworthy, who is from Florida reportedly, has a criminal record spanning decades between said state and Missouri. In 1998, Kinworthy was convicted of aggravated battery with a firearm for a road rage incident where he shot a man through the driver’s side window, causing the victim to lose three fingers from the gunshot.
Kinworthy was said to have served six-and-a-half years for that case. In 2009, Kinworthy was also convicted for exposing himself to an undercover police officer in Florida.
In January of 2020, Kinworthy managed to get charged with attempted sexual battery, kidnapping, and aggravated assault with a firearm in Florida.
The justice system failed Officer Bohannon. His killer previously served time for shooting and disfiguring someone, sexual assault (just a year ago), and in Jan. was found w/a cache of weapons and ammunition in his car as a felon and someone out on bond. https://t.co/uJR8izNs4u
— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) August 31, 2020
In the attempted sexual battery case, police say that Kinworthy tied his victim up, choked them and then attempted to force himself on them. Police in Florida were also have said to have found numerous guns and ammunition inside of Kinworthy’s vehicle around the same time of the January charges.
Shockingly, Kinworthy has a warrant stemming from Florida for skipping an August court date related to the recent charges. Now, he’s being held under suspicion for the murder of Officer in Bohannon in St. Louis.
Brevard County Sheriff’s spokesman Tod Goodyear released the following statement about the Florida convict being the alleged murderer of the St. Louis Police officer:
“It is unfortunate someone as violent as him was able to get out of the court system and travel to St. Louis and take someone’s life. Our hearts go out to the families of the officers, particularly the officer who was killed.”
A memorial service and visitation is scheduled for September 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in honor of Officer Bohannon, which is going to be hosted by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. A procession is scheduled to take place prior to the memorial service, starting from the Serenity Memorial Funeral Home to the Cathedral Basilica.
The repast following the memorial is slated to take place at the Electrician’s Hall on Elizabeth Avenue.
The funeral for the fallen officer will then take place the following day at 2:00 p.m. on September 6th.
Here’s our original report on the death of Officer Bohannon.
The officer ambushed and shot in the head on August 29th has died, police have confirmed to Law Enforcement Today.
Tamarris L. Bohannon, 29, passed away at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital. He had been with the department for nearly four years.
His partner who was shot in the leg has been released from the hospital.
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Police reported that the suspect was taken into custody around 5am on the 30th after being barricaded in a residence for almost 12 hours.
Police advised that there were no additional shots fired and reported no other officers injured during the situation. Police have not released many details as to how the suspect was taken into custody.
Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon of the @SLMPD Police Department, was shot and killed. He leaves behind a wife and 3 children. There will be no outrage by #BLM and #Antifa or @CNN, @MSNBC; and no gold casket. pic.twitter.com/zHTRrB3hkH
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) August 31, 2020
St Louis Police Chief John Hayden reported that these two officers are the 7th and 8th to be shot since June 1st of this year in the city. Hayden said:
“Naturally, it’s very disturbing. We’re just trying to do our jobs and so our officers cope. We comfort one another. We seek assistance from counseling but, at the end of the day, we’re trying to cope through a very trying summers. It just seems very difficult, very difficult.”
“Our officers have been going through a lot this summer, as you know. We’ve had a surge in violence. These officers, all they’re trying to do is do their job and help a person that’s wounded, and they come under gunfire themselves.”
The initial call happened on the 29th as officers responded to a report of gunshots around 6pm. Officers were searching for a possible gunshot victim in the area when the initial shots were fired at them.
Upon their arrival, the suspect began firing on them, striking one in the head and the other in the leg as he was attempting to rescue the downed officer.
St. Louis police officer Tamarris L. Bohannon dies after being shot in head; family writes heartfelt letter | Fox News https://t.co/HTH4fttfwU
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 31, 2020
The suspect fled the initial scene and went to a residence where he ordered all of the occupants out at gunpoint. The man then barricaded himself inside the home.
SWAT officers responded to the scene and the people inside the Hartford area were told to shelter inside their homes. Hostage negotiators began their attempts at getting the suspect outside without any further harm.
Residents in the area advise they heard several loud popping noises between 8pm which lasted on and off until roughly 9:30pm. It is unknown if those loud popping noises were gunshots or not.
Officers made entry into the building but the suspect was not located. The area has been reopened to pedestrian/vehicular traffic.
Homicide will be handling this ongoing investigation.
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) August 30, 2020
Residents said that officers were attempting to talk the suspect out of the home on a bullhorn or loud speaker. One resident reported hearing the police saying:
“Come on, son, you have a wife and kid…you gotta come out.”
It is apparent that these initial attempts failed. At some point, police did utilize tear gas which was fired into the residence; however, it is unclear at what point in the standoff that occurred. We do know that the suspect did eventually surrender on the 30th.
“While they’re on the scene, they hear shots, and our first officer, who is very critically injured, and when I say very critically injured, he’s very critically injured, he was shot. He has a head wound. And that officer is down.
“As our brave officers were trying to get him secured, other officers responded to the scene, and another one of our officers was shot in the leg. Both are at area hospitals. Doctors are working feverishly to assist them.”
A resident in the area, Matt Miller, told the St Louis Post Dispatch that he estimated over 70 officers that had responded to the area during the incident. The officers formed a perimeter around the area and closed down the roadways to keep innocent people out of harms way.
Missouri Republican Governor and former law enforcement officer Mike Parson said on Twitter:
“Two @SLMPD officers were shot by a gunman tonight while protecting St Louis citizens, and they are now hospitalized. Teresa & I are praying for the officers and their families. Chief Hayden said this makes eight STL officers shot since June. This violence must end! #BackTheBlue.”
Two @SLMPD officers were shot by a gunman tonight while protecting St. Louis citizens, and they are now hospitalized. Teresa & I are praying for the officers and their families. Chief Hayden said this makes eight STL officers shot since June. This violence must end! #BackTheBlue https://t.co/bT97CdfBHY
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) August 30, 2020
A statement from Bohannon’s family says he is survived by a wife, Alexis, and three children.
Bohnannon came to be “affectionately known” by his District Two squad as “Bo.”
“The loss of this great man is felt deeply within the St. Louis community and we ask for your prayers and support in the days ahead,” the statement read.
Mayor Lyda Krewson said she was “heartbroken” at Bohannon’s death, and that Bohannon’s family is “immensely proud of the way he selflessly served and protected our community with distinction and honor for more than three years.”
“This is a horrific reminder of the dangers our brave men and women willingly face everyday to keep us safe,” Krewson said in her statement on Sunday.
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