Hero Down: Upper Arlington Police Officer Brian Brown Dies From Gunshot

Holly Matkin

Upper Arlington Police Officer Brian Brown served his department for 10 years before he died on Feb. 21.

Upper Arlington, OH – Upper Arlington Police Department (UAPD) Officer Brian Brown died unexpectedly on Friday night.

“It is with great sadness that we report one of our officers, Brian Brown, died unexpectedly at his home last night,” the UAPD said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Columbus Police Department (CPD) officers were called to Officer Brown’s home for a report of a shooting at approximately 1:22 a.m. on Feb. 21, ThisWeek Community News reported.

His sister placed the call.

“We found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound,” CPD Spokesperson Denise Alex-Bouzounis told ThisWeek Community News.

The responding officer performed CPR until Officer Brown could be transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital by emergency medical personnel.

Officer Brown was pronounced dead at 2:06 a.m.

“He was by himself and the gun was his,” Alex-Bouzounis told ThisWeek Community News. “No foul play is suspected.”

Officer Brown’s death is being investigated as a suicide, WBNS reported.

"We would like to thank members of the Columbus, Hilliard, and Dublin Police divisions who have stepped in to assist with supporting our officers and serving the Upper Arlington community," the UAPD’s post read. "We also thank the Upper Arlington community for their understanding and support in the days ahead."

Officer Brown served the UAPD for 10 years.

“By nature, we have to be the strong ones on the scene, we have to be always strong,” said Fraternal Order of Police Director of Government Affairs Michael Weinman, according to WBNS.

“In a normal lifetime you may see one two traumatic events,” Weinman continued. “We’re talking about officers who see that sort of thing all the time.”

Weinman said that mental health struggles are no different than other on-the-job injuries and that more needs to be done to help provide resources for our nation’s law enforcement officers, WBNS reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Upper Arlington Police Department Officer Brian Brown, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

Comments (10)
JBoH
JBoH

Rest in peace officer Brown. Your family, both blood and blue, grieves your loss and you will be missed.

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reverett456117502
reverett456117502

So sorry to hear this.......law enforcement is real and it aggravates me every time I see a hateful comment on here from one of the critics against an officer. Yes, sometimes a "human" officer makes mistakes, but to lump everyone together is about as fair as claiming all people of color should be labeled bad. It just isn't true and it's horrible!! This is why I get so worked up when hate and discontent is alleged against the police before all the facts are out or even offering a one-sided opinion and distorting the facts.

Officer Brown didn't deserve to die, nor have all the other officers, who committed suicide recently or were arbitrarily murdered. Suicide in law enforcement is real and if you need help, please call upon someone, we're here for you! Sending thoughts and prayers to Officer Brown's family and his BLUE family in the Metro Columbus area........

bryantrent
bryantrent

RIP

Stanracer
Stanracer

RIP Officer Brown. Here's hoping you have found peace. You life mattered.

investigator
investigator

So very, very sad. RIP Sir.

kickboxing23
kickboxing23

Any word on funeral arrangements?

Luscious775
Luscious775

This Officer did matter. All of the decent ones Zak do. Extremely sad to hear this. Please talk to someone if you have any bad thoughts! There are people to help every where. If you need to leave me a msg I will respond. Sir I hope your troubles were lifted RIP

Farmer68
Farmer68

My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Browns family and friends. His death breaks my heart. Knowing the pain he suffered in this life is not lost on me... Mental is no different than physical pain. In many cases Mental hurt is worse, after all, most suffer quietly to avoid complications on the job. This wonder man matters. He mattered yesterday, he matters today. I’m praying for all who loves him. 💙 🖤 💙

Farmer68
Farmer68

@reverett456117502 Wow! This is sad, but, eloquently stated! Thank you for sharing!


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