Police Officer Bryan J. Durman Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department Kentucky

 

Photograph: Police Officer Bryan J. Durman Patch image: Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department, 
Kentucky

Police Officer Bryan J. Durman
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department
Kentucky

End of Watch: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 2 years, 6 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Charged with murder

Officer Bryan Durman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run at the intersection of Limestone Street and Alabama Street.
He was investigating a noise ordinance violation at approximately 10:00 pm. He had responded to the location to locate a vehicle that had been playing music too loudly.
After striking Officer Durman, the driver of the SUV fled to a nearby apartment, where he was taken into custody by members of the agency’s ERU team. He was charged with murder and numerous additional charges in connection with the accident and previous warrants.
Officer Durman had served with the agency for 2 ½ years.

Agency Contact Information
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department
150 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 258-3600
Please contact the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

www.kentucky.com

A Lexington man was charged with murder in the hit-and-run death of a Lexington police officer Thursday evening.

Police said a sport utility vehicle driven by Glenn R. Doneghy, 33, struck officer Bryan J. Durman, who had been responding to a noise complaint about 10 p.m. on North Limestone near Alabama Street.

Investigators said Durman, 27, had parked his cruiser and walked back to a vehicle that had reportedly been "playing music loudly." That vehicle was parked on the left side of the road. While Durman was talking to a passenger on the right side of the vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Doneghy, traveling north on Limestone, struck Durman, the parked vehicle and another vehicle that was in front of it, police said. The Tahoe slowed, then sped off. Police said the vehicle went north on Limestone and turned left onto Seventh Street.

Witnesses told officers they saw the Tahoe on Northland Drive.

Durman was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital. He later died of his injuries.

At 11:49 p.m., officers located the SUV at an apartment complex at 309 Northland Drive. Officers obtained a search warrant and, just after 12:30 a.m., officers from the Emergency Response Unit — Lexington police’s tactical team — entered the Northland Drive apartment where Doneghy had been staying.

In addition to murder, Doneghy is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance suspected to be cocaine.

According to the police report, alcohol and drugs are suspected factors.

Investigators said they also charged Doneghy with five counts of assault for being combative with members of the emergency response unit.

Doneghy is being held at the Fayette County jail. He declined a request for an interview.

According to court documents, Doneghy has an extensive criminal history, including assaulting a police officer, harassment and several drug charges. He had two outstanding bench warrants for failure to appear in court on previous charges.

Durman had been on the police force since December 2007. He was fluent in Spanish and was "always very helpful," Lexington police Chief Ronnie Bastin said.

"Everyone who knew him said he was eager, actively involved and enthusiastic," Bastin said.

Susan Straub, spokeswoman for Mayor Jim Newberry, said the mayor ordered flags on city buildings to be flown at half-staff today.

Durman was the first Lexington law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in 21 years.

On Nov. 23, 1988, Fayette County Deputy Sheriff Joseph Angelucci died after being shot with his own gun earlier in the month. Angelucci had intended serve an involuntary hospitalization warrant on William Bennett. Bennett resisted arrest, grabbed the deputy’s gun and shot him once in the chest.

The last Lexington police officer to die in the line of duty was Roy Mardis, who was killed during a manhunt for a fugitive on Aug. 23, 1985. Mardis was killed by a bullet from a state trooper’s rifle in a Mercer County cornfield.

 

 

It’s been nearly 25 years since a Lexington Police officer died in the line of duty.

The last Lexington Police officer to die while on duty was Officer Roy Mardis on August 23, 1985.

The 35-year-old Mardis and his police dog were tracking a double murder suspect in Mercer County.

As the man ran from the field, police officers on the perimeter opened fire and Mardis was hit. He left behind a wife and five daughters.

Fayette Sheriff’s deputy Joseph Angelucci was killed in 1988 during a struggle with a man with mental problems.

In 1967, Officer Danny Redmon of Lexington Police died in a motorcycle accident during a pursuit.

Lt. John Lewis Thomas was killed during a domestic disturbance, also in 1967.

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