EVANS, Colo. -- A Weld County deputy was killed Tuesday morning following a shootout and high-speed chase with a suspect in a domestic violence and robbery case. The suspect also died hours after the gun battle.
The slain deputy was identified as 43-year-old Sam Brownlee, by Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. Cooke said Brownlee had been with the department for five years. He was married in June 2009.
"There was a house that caught on fire here in Weld county and he entered the house while it was still on fire to see if there was anybody in there that needed to be rescued. It turned out there wasn't. But the mere fact that he would go into the house while it was still burning to try and rescue anybody just goes to the type of man that he was," Cooke saidFriends began posting condolences on Brownlee's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.
One said, "I will always love you buddy! You are in my
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