Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Officer Stephanie Ann Brown

Officer Stephanie A. Brown
San Antonio Police Department, TX
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Date of Incident: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Age: 27
Badge Number: 802
Tour of Duty: 3 yr
Suspect Info: Christopher Baldaramos
Weapon Used: Vehicle
Buried: Reserrection Cemetery
Location of Name on National and Texas Monuments

On March 15, 2011 Officer Stephanie Ann Brown, 27, was responding to a call, driving south on the upper level of the interstate 35 about 2 a.m. A sport utility vehicle driven by 31-year-old Christopher Baldaramos who was on probation for a DWI charge, drove his SUV head-on into Officer Brown's patrol car while going the wrong way without headlights on Interstate 35 downtown near McCullough Avenue. Baldoramos was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said Baldaramos was speeding without his headlights on. Officer Brown's fellow officers arrived on scene and made every effort to work on the critically injured Brown until EMS arrived. Officer Brown was transported to University Hospital where she died about 2:50 a.m. Investigators later said they found a bar receipt on Baldaramos' body.

Officer Brown was a three-year SAPD veteran and had been working a shift for a fellow officer. Officer Brown was a proud mother of a baby girl and a was a second-generation police officer. Officer Brown's father still actively working as a San Antonio Police Officer out of West Patrol at the time of Officer Brown's death. Officer Brown is the department's second female officer to die in the line of duty. She is also the third San Antonio police officer in six months to be injured or killed in a suspected drunken driving.

Officer Brown was born in Bitburg, Germany, the oldest of three children. Officer Brown graduated from Southwest High School, Class of 2002. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a scholar athlete, participating with the Track, Cross Country and Soccer teams, having lettered in all three sports. Officer Brown graduated from The University of Texas at Austin on May 8, 2007 with a degree in Kinesiology. She attended the San Antonio Police Academy beginning in May of 2008, graduating on December 18, 2008, with her 2008-B class. She was a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Police Officers Organization and the San Antonio Police Officers Association. At the time of her death Officer Brown was survived by her parents, Stanley and Shawn Brown; companion, Roger De La Rosa and their daughter, Audrey; brothers, Eric Brown and Evan Brown; grandparents, Margaret and Roy Brown and Rita DeCosta; aunts and uncles, Scheryl and Randy Mitte, Stephen and Dawn Brown, Michael and Rosa Brown, Georgia Rudolph, Floyd and Cynthia Brown, Allan and Antoinette Brown, Pat DeCosta, Natalie Goodin, Faith Goodin, Margo Goodin and Nigel Goodin.