Trooper Wesley Brown Maryland State Police Maryland End of Watch: Friday, June 11, 2010

Photograph: Trooper Wesley Brown Patch image: Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper Wesley Brown
Maryland State Police
Maryland

End of Watch: Friday, June 11, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 24
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, June 11, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Trooper Wesley Brown was shot and killed at approximately 12:40 am while working an off duty security detail at a restaurant in Forestville, Maryland.
Earlier in the evening Trooper Brown had escorted a patron out of the restaurant who had refused to pay a bill. Trooper Brown was standing in the parking lot talking on his cell phone when the man returned and fatally shot him without warning.
The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.
Trooper Brown had served with the Maryland State Police for three years and was assigned to the Forestville Barracks. He is survived by his fiancee.

Agency Contact Information
Maryland State Police
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone: (410) 376-3187

Brown, who was working part-time as a security officer at the Applebee’s, escorted the individual outside, police said. About 30 minutes later, a gunman ambushed the trooper as he exited the restaurant. The man who disputed his bill is considered a “person of interest,” police said, but they are not limiting their search to him.

Brown appeared to have been shot without warning as he spoke on a mobile phone, Terrence B. Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, told reporters. Brown was wearing a jacket that displayed the word “police” and he had a marked police car in front of the restaurant, police said.

The wounded trooper stumbled into the restaurant covered in blood, at which point patrons called 911, police said.

Brown was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. It wasn’t clear how many times he had been shot, but multiple casings were found in the parking lot, Sheridan said.

Brown, a 3 ½-year veteran of the Maryland State Police, was an active member of the Seat Pleasant community, where he attended Crossland High School and studied criminal justice at Prince George’s Community College Community College in Largo. He was the youngest cadet in his police academy class to graduate.

In 2007, he founded a mentoring group, Young Men Enlightening Younger Men, that would take teenagers on field trips throughout the D.C. area to places like the National Zoo and museums, and bring in professionals to give talks.

Kids could visit Brown anytime at the modest home he shared with brother, said another of Brown’s cousins, Otamere Oronsaye. Brown worked the second job to help pay for the group’s activities and was sponsoring a trip to New York on Friday, he said. He got engaged last month.

Brown described the group’s mission on its Web site to help kids struggling academically.

“What happens to those who try, but who just don’t make it because of poor school systems or a lack of support from home? Where does he go?” Brown wrote. “We believe that if a young man is trying to make himself a better man and a productive member of society, then we are PROUD of him.”

Brown found common cause with struggling kids, having run into problems himself as a high school student, according to a 2007 Maryland Gazette article. At one point, he was kicked out of school for fighting.

“When I got expelled, it kind of upset my family,” Brown told the paper. “So from then I had to do right. That’s why I started working, staying out of trouble and doing well in school.”

Eugene Grant, the mayor of Seat Pleasant, said Brown “was a tremendous light in our community.”

“He was an excellent example of someone who not only served and protected, but also gave back to his community,” Grant said.

“He always had a smile on his face,” he said.

Brown had recently become engaged to be married.

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