Hero Down: OCPD Sergeant Kelly Jo Brubaker Found Dead Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Orange City Police Sergeant Kelly Jo Brubaker served her department for over 12 years.

Daytona Beach, FL – Orange City Police Department (OCPD) Sergeant Kelly Jo Brubaker died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday night.

The Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue and the Daytona Beach Police Department received a report that the off-duty, 49-year-old police sergeant fatally shot herself at the water’s edge near SunSplash Park at approximately 7:30 p.m., The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Sgt. Brubaker’s body was found in the surf, floating in approximately two feet of water, police said.

She died of a gunshot wound to the head.

“It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that the Orange City Police Department announce the unexpected passing of one of our police officers early Tuesday evening,” Orange City Deputy Police Chief Wayne Miller said in a press release on Wednesday.

“The men and women of the Orange City Police Department are stunned by the unexpected death of our dear friend and co-worker Sergeant Kelly Brubaker,” Chief Miller wrote. “Kelly was very well liked and respected as a knowledgeable and experienced police officer. She had mentored many younger officers and served as a role model for all.”

Orange City Police Lieutenant Jason Samspell described the fallen sergeant as a “very happy person” who was “always laughing with everyone here at the department,” The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

“There was no indication that she had any type of illness or stress,” Lt. Samspell said. “We are all shocked by her death.”

Sgt. Brubaker joined the OCPD as a patrol officer in July of 2007, according to the press release.

She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in November of 2011.

“She was an asset to the police department and served in her position with honor and distinction,” Chief Miller wrote. “Please keep Kelly Jo, her family and all the members of the Orange City Police and law enforcement community in your prayers as we grieve this most unfortunate loss.”

Prior to her career as a law enforcement officer, Sgt. Brubaker also served several years as a dispatcher with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

In addition to her work with OCPD, Sgt. Brubaker was also an adjunct instructor at Daytona State College, where she helped to train up-and-coming law enforcement personnel, Chief Miller said.

She obtained a Master’s degree in criminal justice in 2016 while serving as a police sergeant, according to her obituary.

“She took so much pride in training the next generation of Law Enforcement Officers,” the tribute read. “She was a very kind and compassionate woman… She touched the lives of every person she met and will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community.”

Sgt. Brubaker leaves behind her adult daughters, Jamey and Jessica.

She is also survived by her mother, sister, and niece.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family Orange City Police Department Sergeant Kelly Jo Brubaker, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (29)
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Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Heart rending. For several years now L.E.O's are treated WORSE that Soldiers who survived Vietnam. And a week does not pass in the media where a member of the L.E. community is Villified by a GUTLESS , SCUMBAG Politician , Mayor , city council member AND EVEN a Police Chief. The day IS COMING where a mass shooting will be carried out by someone in Law Enforcement who was tired of being used for Societies Toilet Paper. Individuals in EVERY Area of sports RECEIVE MORE RESPECT than members of the L.E. Community.

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

Are they sure it wasn't a murder disguised as suicide? That's a questionable place to kill someone. Such a sad waste of a valuable person!

Gramercy
Gramercy

I agree....police are treated miserably across the board....I am sure many of them question the value of their own lives and what they strive to do. How sad that one so young and so refreshing had to take her own life. I pray for her soul....and for the peace in the hearts of her fellow friends and comrades.

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

VicG
VicG

Sitting here broken hearted. This has got to stop, losing too many Brothers & Sisters. Please, please, get help. Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Sister...

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

So Sad! Thoughts and prayers for her family and her law enforcement family. The comment was correct "We have to stop this trend!"

Raymelson
Raymelson

I doubt this is suicide because of the location it just doesn't fit in I truly hope the police will do an investigation an leave no stone unturned R,I,P mam you've earned it

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

Sergeant Brubaker, I read your story and tears are running down my face and my heart is aching. How I wish you could have reached out to someone in your time of need. You were a true hero ma'am and St. Michael now holds you close and gives you peace.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Our police officers & all LEOs are being vilified for the hatred that's been stirred up in our nation by the obamanation. They need to be seen as the heroes they are for being willing to protect the innocent in the face of the deliberate evil being unleashed on our communities by people who want to destroy us. Many prayers for Sgt. Brubaker's family, fellow officers, & friends, who are hurting beyond words over her untimely death! God be with all of you!

FireMarshal 413
FireMarshal 413

So sad she has seen a lot and if she did then may God welcome her home to his loving arm rest easy your home,for family friends and co-workers prayers god blessing amen

We9erfam
We9erfam

RIP SGT ANOTHER LEO LOST GOR REST HER SOLE

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

So sad for this family both blood and blue. Please make sure you reach out if you need help, you have way too many people ready to listen. And OC, make damn sure you investigate this fully because this sounds suspicious to me.

Skippytclown
Skippytclown

Kelly was my student in Elementary School. I wish she would have reached out to me 😔. My students are mine for life.

damned2hell
damned2hell

99.99% of police, as with all people, deserve to be treated badly. Because they treat others badly. The only thing tragic about it to me is, she didn't take almost everyone else alive, with her.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Policemen are merciless in their fat shaming of overweight ppl. Maybe that is what caused this.

Jaxgirl
Jaxgirl

This is NOT suicide...dig deeper officers. Women don't do suicide this way. A homicide.

dukeblue1940
dukeblue1940

My prayers and sympathy to her family and friends. Rest In Peace.