Washington Detective Community Honors Killed
Hundreds of law enforcement and first responder vehicles lined up at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. On Tuesday for a procession in honor of Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Brown, who was shot while doing surveillance work.
Brown, 46, who was promoted to honorary sergeant by Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins after his death, was gunned down on July 23 while monitoring several people at an apartment complex in east Vancouver. The three men were suspected of stealing a supply of firearms from a storage shed in early June.
Police SUVs, personal vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances and other agency vehicles from Washington and Oregon drove the 11-hour motorcade north on Interstate 5, reported The Columbian.
The public memorial service began at 1 p.m. at the Ilani Casino near La Center, Washington. People lined the streets and waited on the overpasses along I-5, waving flags and holding balloons.
âI have friends who are officers and they are down right now,â said Jackie Purvis of Vancouver. âI want to show them my support. “
During his service in the Sheriff’s Office, Brown had worked as a Corrections Assistant and Patrol Assistant. He worked in the Washington State Department of Corrections and as a reserve officer in the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office in Montana. He had also served as a military police officer in the United States Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Jill, and five adult children, according to Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Brent Waddell.
âHer life was tragically taken and the deep loss felt by so many defies words. We hope that the kindness and compassion in our hearts will comfort his loved ones and that the arrest of all the suspects over the weekend will give us some confidence in justice, âsaid Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle in a press release last week.
Guillermo Raya Leon appeared in Clark County Superior Court Thursday on suspicion of aggravated first degree murder and possession of a stolen firearm in connection with Brown’s death. Attempts to reach his lawyer were unsuccessful.