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Critical Incident

Apache Junction Police Department’s Officer Brian Brugman was shot on March 16, 2021 while assisting with a high-risk recovery of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by two armed men, the driver began ramming police vehicles in attempt to escape. Shooting began and Brian was shot in his neck. While the shooting continued, Brian was placed in a Detective’s vehicle and raced to the hospital with a detective holding Brian in the backseat... this saved his life. His doctors have stated that if the officers on scene would have waited for EMS, Brian would have likely died on scene. He is now recovering. However, he has a long battle ahead of him to resume to normalcy. 

Brian has been on the department for just over 4 years. He recently earned the honor of joining the Motorcycle Unit where he has quickly become recognized as an expert in DUI enforcement. At 6’7”, Brian is known as a “Gentle Giant.” His friendliness and humor is appreciated by all who know him. Brian is the type of person (and officer) that everyone welcomes as a part their team. 

The Apache Junction Police Officer’s Association, along with the Mesa Lodge 9 of the Fraternal Order of Police, has a strong commitment to assist members in times of need with direct benevolent and financial assistance. Your financial support through Help-a-Hero will go directly to support Brian and his family during this hardship and throughout his recovery.


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March 20th, 2021 Mesa, AZ
Mesa FOP Lodge 9
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Cause Details

Critical Incident

Apache Junction Police Department’s Officer Brian Brugman was shot on March 16, 2021 while assisting with a high-risk recovery of...

Apache Junction Police Department’s Officer Brian Brugman was shot on March 16, 2021 while assisting with a high-risk recovery of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by two armed men, the driver began ramming police vehicles in attempt to escape. Shooting began and Brian was shot in his neck. While the shooting continued, Brian was placed in a Detective’s vehicle and raced to the hospital with a detective holding Brian in the backseat... this saved his life. His doctors have stated that if the officers on scene would have waited for EMS, Brian would have likely died on scene. He is now recovering. However, he has a long battle ahead of him to resume to normalcy. 

Brian has been on the department for just over 4 years. He recently earned the honor of joining the Motorcycle Unit where he has quickly become recognized as an expert in DUI enforcement. At 6’7”, Brian is known as a “Gentle Giant.” His friendliness and humor is appreciated by all who know him. Brian is the type of person (and officer) that everyone welcomes as a part their team. 

The Apache Junction Police Officer’s Association, along with the Mesa Lodge 9 of the Fraternal Order of Police, has a strong commitment to assist members in times of need with direct benevolent and financial assistance. Your financial support through Help-a-Hero will go directly to support Brian and his family during this hardship and throughout his recovery.

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Zienna Henesey
Appreciate all you do! Get well soon AJ needs you! Praying for a speedy recovery!!
Derek Lull
Get better soon Det. Derek Lull #112 DRE #33300 Coolidge PD
Tom Rozzi
God Bless you with a speedy recovery. Officer T. Rozzi and Dispatcher K Canizales along with the Kearny Police Department.
LARRY DAVIS
From a retired DPS officer, Bless you!
Kimberly Gibson
Thank you for your service.
Anonymous
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Anonymous
Thank you for your service. Prayers for you and your family.
Lehi Jessop
Thank you for your service. God bless.
Wallace Handley
wishing you a speedy recovery!
William Johnson
I pray for a speedy recovery.
Tom and Joanne Clinkenbeard
Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Please don't let this experience sour your outlook on law enforcement or humanity in general. The actions of a few do not reflect on the vast majority of the good people we chose to serve.
Bob Mitchell
Here’s to a speedy and fullrecovery !
Kenneth Summers
From a retired officer, GOD BLESS
Kirk Phillips
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Get well soon.
Daniel Brause
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Thank you for serving our community. From the men and women of the Gilbert Police Department.
Yvette Garcia
Our hearts and prayers are with you, Brian! Fred & Yvette
Ashleigh Rhodes
Hoping for a speedy recovery, sending prayers your way!
Tony Murel
Thank you for your service and sacrifice, being a thin blue line family we are here to help you. Hope you feel better soon. Prayers to you and your family. The Murel Family
Mark Wussler
Do you have your father’s strength you’ve got this!
Blake Reed
Me and Sarah have been been praying for your recovery. I’ll hit up Call of Duty with you soon dude! Get some rest. You have a lot of accident reports to take when you get back.
Nita Soller Nita Soller
Prayers for a fast recovery.
Jim & Julie Tollefson
Your family and friends' thoughts and hopes are with you always Brian. Be strong - for you - and for all of us...
Thom Parker
Brian, continue to stay strong!! Many of us here supporting you and look forward to seeing you recovery!!
William Stevens
We love you Brian and we're hoping and praying for a full and swift recovery!! AJPD is blessed to have you & so are we!!
Ken Lang (Desert Sky MH Park)
Brian, City Attorney Joel Stern told me about your story the other day - it really touched me. You have an important life to live young man. Please get well soon. Thinking about you and your family. Ken Lang (Desert Sky MH Park)
Jody McInnis
Motors stick together. Get well soon Brother.
Duke Ledford
Best wishes for a speedy recovery brother! Prayers headed your way.
Paula Krueger
Thank you for fearlessly serving your community. Sending prayers for a full recovery!
David Morales
Hang in there Brian! Britt and I are hoping for a fast recovery.
Cliff Claridge
Cliff Claridge, Lynne C. Reed and Lois C. Hughes