VIDEO: California Deputy Fatally Shoots Robbery Suspect Armed With Shotgun

Sandy Malone

The sheriff said Brandon Rein Nylander robbed a Walmart of shotgun shells before he ran from police and was killed.

Napa, CA – The Napa County Sheriff’s Office released dashcam video on Tuesday of a police-involved shooting that left an armed-robbery suspect dead (video below).

Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said the incident began just before 2 p.m. on April 24 when 24-year-old Brandan Reid Nylander left his home with a shotgun and hammer and headed to his local Walmart store, the Napa Valley Register reported.

The Napa County 911 call center received a call at 2:09 p.m. reporting that a man had smashed a case at Walmart and stolen a case of shotgun shells.

Sheriff Robertson said the suspect threw his hammer at a store employee and fled, the Napa Valley Register reported.

The sheriff said the employee sustained only minor injuries in the incident.

The suspect – later identified as Nylander – left the Walmart in a dark-gray Mazda with a personalized license plate that read “GOT BEAT” and Walmart staff were able to give the detailed description to authorities, the Napa Valley Register reported.

Sheriff Robertson said Napa County Sheriff’s Deputy Gregg Lee spotted Nylander’s car at 2:25 p.m. heading south on Highway 29 and tried to stop him.

But Nylander escaped by driving 75 mph down the shoulder and then fled westbound on Airport Boulevard, the Napa Valley Register reported.

Deputy Lee pursued the Mazda and caught up with him just before Nylander turned onto an access road that was blocked by a big metal gate.

Dashcam video showed that the suspect rammed his car into the gate but it barely budged.

So Nylander put the car in park, popped his driver’s door open, and got out of the Mazda wearing a t-shirt that said “Death Proof” and holding a shotgun, the video showed.

The video showed that initially Nylander was facing the deputy’s car when he got out of the car holding the shotgun.

Sheriff Robertson said the gun was pointed at Deputy Lee and another deputy who had just arrived at the scene on a motorcycle, the Napa Valley Register reported.

The sheriff said Deputy Lee opened fire on the armed suspect and fired two shots, but both of them missed Nylander.

The video showed that Nylander then turned and raised his hands in the air, holding the weapon in his left hand, and began walking toward the front of his car.

Sheriff Robertson said Deputy Lee fired twice more and hit Nylander in the butt and the back of the neck, the Napa Valley Register reported.

He said medics arrived on the scene and attempted to render aid, but the suspect was declared dead at the scene at 2:40 p.m.

Deputy Lee, who is a 20-year veteran of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, was placed on paid administrative leave while the incident was investigated as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, the Napa Valley Register reported.

Sheriff Robertson said preliminary testing indicated the presence of drugs in Nylander’s system when he died, but further testing by the U.S. Department of Justice has not yet been completed.

“Had I been in the same situation on the same timeline, I would have taken the exact same action as Deputy Lee had taken,” the sheriff told reporters. “... Mr. Nylander, by his own action, was a threat to the deputies.”

He said Nylander had left a note for his family before he left to rob the Walmart that indicated he was “distraught,” the Napa Valley Register reported.

His aunt, with whom Nylander lived, posted a message to social media that said her nephew had struggled with mental health issues and she believed he had planned to kill himself.

Friends described the 24 year old as a “gentle giant” who had struggled with depression since his mother died in 2012, the Napa Valley Register reported.

“This is a tragedy for all involved,” Sheriff Robertson said. “It’s a tragedy for Mr. Nylander and his family, and it’s a tragedy for Deputy Lee and his family.”

Court records showed that Nylander had no criminal history in Napa County, and had only speeding tickets in Placer County, the Napa Valley Register reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning - Graphic Content:

Comments (43)
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flybynight
flybynight

Amish oxygen thief thief down and out. Good riddance.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

So before the resident idiots get all twitterpated about this they should think about the law and deadly force. Good shoot. Armed robber, points a weapon, ignores orders and is moving to a place of cover = deadly force. Front, back, side, head, foot - does not matter. He is clearly a threat and allowing him to move to hard cover escalates the danger to both Officers and citizens. Now, trolls, go back to your basement and try as hard as you can to not post your idiotic drivel.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Another one, Good Guys = 1 Bad Guy = 0

RmdGRD
RmdGRD

I want to hear the audio from the whole pursuit, I definitely have questions. And before anyone says i'm anti-lawenforcement, understand I AM a LEO with over 23 years experience, audio fills the gap. That being said, I would not have responded this way, and I've had MANY situations le this in my career, and only one has ended with a shooting. I support my brother in blue, but question the action.

JBoH
JBoH

“Death Proof”

How'd that work out?

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Not many would have had no hesitation like this officer did. Tremendous job! So many officers have been killed by subjects faking to submit. This guy was not dropping the shotgun because he intended to use it. The fact that he exited the vehicle at all with it made it a justified shooting.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Good shoot. One less POS out there.👍

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

#rolltape #armedrobberysuspectlivesmatter #wheredidhegethegun #whitelivesmatter

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Defective t-shirt...should of checked his equipment before leaving home.Another one bites the dust !

Raymelson
Raymelson

Live by gun die by the gun enough said

Jack17
Jack17

Drugs in his system, move along, nothing to see here.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good Shot the guy was a POS

fatdaddy50
fatdaddy50

Unfortunately the Aunt, knowing he suffered from depression,didn't ensure her nephew was taking medication for his depression, or had gotten proper medical attention. If the Aunt had taken the initiative the incident might not have happened.
My heart goes out to both Deputies.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

His license plate, GOT BEAT, is no more accurate than ever.

Forbidden
Forbidden

that officer needs to hit the range.

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

Well, he "GOT BEAT" by the cops. Wasn't "Death Proof".

BadNewz5160
BadNewz5160

Thats murder

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Good shooting!! Left car door open for protection as he headed for better cover at the front of his cruiser.

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

Yet another "gentle giant"? Except this one commits armed robbery (in case someone objects to that characterization, he was armed with a hammer), assault (with a hammer), and drives around with a shotgun in his car! Key takeaway here is this guy had known mental issues, and NOBODY intervened to help him. Family members, this is on YOU for allowing an unstable person out in public, with a firearm. I am very much "pro-gun", and pro "2A", but not by people with demonstrated mental issues!

Mericafyeah
Mericafyeah

But know one cares because he’s white?

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

I guess the shirt lied. He isn’t DEATH PROOF after all


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