Upper Arlington, OH – Upper Arlington Police Department (UAPD) Officer Brian Brown died unexpectedly on Friday night.
“It is with great sadness that we report one of our officers, Brian Brown, died unexpectedly at his home last night,” the UAPD said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Columbus Police Department (CPD) officers were called to Officer Brown’s home for a report of a shooting at approximately 1:22 a.m. on Feb. 21, ThisWeek Community News reported.
His sister placed the call.
“We found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound,” CPD Spokesperson Denise Alex-Bouzounis told ThisWeek Community News.
The responding officer performed CPR until Officer Brown could be transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital by emergency medical personnel.
Officer Brown was pronounced dead at 2:06 a.m.
“He was by himself and the gun was his,” Alex-Bouzounis told ThisWeek Community News. “No foul play is suspected.”
Officer Brown’s death is being investigated as a suicide, WBNS reported.
“We would like to thank members of the Columbus, Hilliard, and Dublin Police divisions who have stepped in to assist with supporting our officers and serving the Upper Arlington community,” the UAPD’s post read. “We also thank the Upper Arlington community for their understanding and support in the days ahead.”
Officer Brown served the UAPD for 10 years.
“By nature, we have to be the strong ones on the scene, we have to be always strong,” said Fraternal Order of Police Director of Government Affairs Michael Weinman, according to WBNS.
“In a normal lifetime you may see one two traumatic events,” Weinman continued. “We’re talking about officers who see that sort of thing all the time.”
Weinman said that mental health struggles are no different than other on-the-job injuries and that more needs to be done to help provide resources for our nation’s law enforcement officers, WBNS reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Upper Arlington Police Department Officer Brian Brown, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.