On Thursday, October 14, 2004 Officer Brandon Winfield, 29, was checking out a disabled vehicle on State Route 423, south of Marion, Ohio, and apparently felt he was helping a stranded motorist.
Police say the events began to unfold on October 14 at 4:43 a.m. At that time, Winfield responded to a call of a broken-down van along State Route 423. Police say that as he approached, he saw Juan Carlos Cruz walking down the road. According to the sworn affidavit by the sheriff, Winfield gave Cruz a ride in his cruiser and while traveling north on SR 423 to a residence in Marion, Cruz allegedly shot and killed the deputy.
Cruz, an illegal alien from Bahama, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
Officer Winfield left behind a wife and two sons, ages 2 and 3.
Three Bahamian men were charged last week in connection with opening fire on the two deputies - killing one and seriously injuring the other. Eloyn Devon Ingraham, 28, was charged with first degree murder of Deputy Tephford, 34, and the attempted murder of Deputy Carbocci, 37, according to the Broward County Sheriff's office. Two other men, both Bahamians, who were seen on surveillance video with Ingraham, were also arrested. Arron Bernard Forbes, 22, and Andre M Delancy,l9, were charged with accessory after the fact. Delancy, 19, and Forbes, 22, are reportedly Bahamian nationals illegally in the US. The defendants are charged with one count each of attempted murder and murder. Since two of the defendants are illegal aliens they will not be freed even if they post bail. Police caught the bunch in a Dania, FL hotel with 5 guns and ammo.
Delancy was previously arrested by Hollywood, Florida in 2004. Delancy was charged with removing the serial number from a gun. When Alyssa Tephford learned that her father had been killed, she immediately began drawing pictures and writing cards. The 4-year-old tied the notes to her ''Daddy'' onto balloons and then released them into the sky, hoping that her father, Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Brian Tephford, would see them in heaven. A letter written by Alyssa was read aloud by Sheriff Ken Jenne during a memorial service Friday in Fort Lauderdale honoring Tephford, who was gunned down Nov. 11 during a traffic stop in Tamarac. ''My Mommy told me a very bad man hurt my Daddy and now my Daddy is dead,'' the letter read. ``I was very sad. I cried and cried.''
For details on Officer Winfield and the crime, see:
Deputy Sheriff Brandy Lyn Winfield
Officer Down Memorial