Sergeant Brian Dulle Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio EoW: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sergeant Brian Dulle | Warren County Sheriff's Office, OhioWarren County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Sergeant Brian Dulle

Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 36
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: May 10, 2011
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Sergeant Brian Dulle was struck and killed by a suspect’s vehicle while deploying stop sticks at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Utica Road.
The pursuit had been initiated by the Franklin Police Department and traveled into Warren County at 1:50 am. The suspect ran one cruiser off the road and into a ditch on U.S. 42 before continuing towards Utica Road. After striking Sergeant Dulle the suspect fled on foot but was arrested several hours later following a massive manhunt.
Sergeant Dulle was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and two siblings.

 

 

TURTLECREEK TWP.A Warren County sheriff’s sergeant described as a "tremendous worker” was killed early today when he was struck by a driver fleeing police, according to Warren County sheriff Larry Sims.

Sims said Brian Dulle, 36, was killed instantly when the suspect’s vehicle struck him at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Utica Road. Dulle had been placing "stop sticks” in the roadway to try to disable the suspect’s car.
Dulle was hired at the sheriff’s office in January 1999 and promoted to sergeant in November 2005. He graduated from Edgewood High School and attended Miami University. He also served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by a wife, Abbie, and three children, two girls, 10 and 7, and a son, 4, as well as parents and two siblings, one brother and one sister.

"Brian was a tremendous worker," Sims said, adding that he fit right in with the family atmosphere at the sheriff’s office. He said he considered Dulle an "up and coming leader" in the sheriff’s office.
Sims said Dulle was the first sheriff’s deputy to be killed in the line of duty.
Authorities say the man who was driving the car ran from the crash and was apprehended several hours later walking along Ohio 122 and Drake Road, about 1.5 miles from the crash site.
The man was taken into custody without further incident, said Lt. Mike Sanders of the state patrol.
“I don’t know how willingly he went, but he was apprehended by the deputy who happened to be a close friend of the deputy that was killed out here,” Sanders said.
Sims did not identify the suspect but said authorities have been interviewing him since 6:30 a.m.
Deputies arriving for work this morning at the sheriff’s headquarters in Lebanon were solemn and some were teary-eyed. One deputy stood with his head bowed, pressing his fingers into his eyes as he wept. Other county employees pinned black, looped ribbons onto their shirts.

Dulle was killed about 2 a.m. as he assisted other officers in a chase that began in Franklin, Ohio, Sanders said.
Franklin police began chasing the suspect because he was driving a late-model, black Cadillac without any taillights, Sanders said. The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
Sims said the suspect fled Franklin police south in the northbound lanes down U.S. 42. He forced one Warren County sheriff deputy’s cruiser off the road and nearly struck another one head-on, Sims said.
“This is absolutely horrible,” said Warren County Administrator Dave Gully. “It’s a horrible, horrible situation. We are still in the midst of dealing with the situation.”
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reconstructing the accident scene at U.S. 42 and Utica Road, which likely will be closed all day, Gully added.
Several other police agencies responded to help Warren County Sheriff’s Office, he said. That includes sheriff’s offices from Butler, Hamilton, Greene, Montgomery and Clermont counties.
Hamilton and Butler counties both supplied sheriff’s helicopters to search for the suspect. Other agencies helped to cover territories for Warren County sheriff’s deputies, he said.
“It was all hands on deck," Gully said. "They really supported us greatly.”
Warren County Commissioner Pat South said she was devastated.
"These women and men put their lives on the line everyday. You never want it to end like this," she said. "My heart absolutely aches and goes out to the family and his co-workers, who have to find a way to go on through the next several days and months ahead.”
Warren County Commissioner Dave Young noted the senselessness of the tragedy.
“It breaks my heart and it just reminds us all what dangerous work these people are willing to do for our benefit,” he said. “Here’s a guy who is driving that didn’t have taillights. I am sure this guy didn’t intend ‘I am going to go out and kill a police officer tonight’ but through his actions, that’s what he did. So now one life is taken and another life is going to be ruined.”
In recent years, two police officers in Greater Cincinnati have been critically injured while placing stop sticks down in attempts to disable fleeing motorists. The "sticks” puncture tires.
Most recently, Lockland Police Officer Brandon Gehring, 23, missed several months of work after he was struck by a West Chester police vehicle chasing a robbery suspect on southbound Interstate 75 on April 20, 2009.
On Nov. 24, 2007, a driver fleeing from police hit a pickup truck near the Western Hills viaduct, sending it flying toward Cincinnati Police Sgt. Bryce Bezdek, a 30-year-old officer helping to set up a roadblock. Bezdek sustained a severe brain injury and a broken neck.
Sims stressed the importance of stopping for law enforcement.
"Most people do obey laws,” he said. "Most people do pull over when asked to do so by law enforcement officers… I can’t think of anything that would have warranted in their mind to justify what happened."
This week is National Peace Officers Memorial Week, which has been observed each May since 1962 to recognize the service and sacrifice of those in law enforcement.
On Monday, a ceremony took place on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, followed by a parade up to the police memorial in the West End, across from Cincinnati Police District One.

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1 Response to “Sergeant Brian Dulle Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio EoW: Tuesday, May 10, 2011”


  1. 1 Cpl. Gary Mowen Blanchester Police Dept. May 10, 2011 at 15:27

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the WCSO and Sgt. Dulle’s family and friends.

    R.I.P fellow brother will we take over from here. You will be dearly missed but never forgotten.


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