P.O. Dorelle C. Brandon #2684

Name: Brandon, Dorelle C.
Star: 2684
Memorial Panel #: 7
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 003
End of Watch: 25 January 1984
Incident Details: Police Officer Dorelle C. Brandon, 35, was 6-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 003 District Tactical Unit. On January 25, 1984, Officer Brandon was undercover and engaged in a “controlled buy” of cocaine from Anthony Brown through his front door’s burglar bars. After Officer Brandon purchased the narcotics, she gained entrance into the residence by telling Brown that she needed to use the bathroom. As she entered, Brown locked the steel burglar bars behind her, trapping her inside and cutting off her partner’s access. Officer Brandon announced herself as a police officer, removed her service weapon and attempted to arrest Brown when a fight for her gun ensued. During the struggle, Officer Brandon’s partner attempted to shoot Brown through the steel bars, but accidentally hit Officer Brandon. She died at a result of her injuries. Anthony Brown was charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance. He was exonerated of the murder charges and found guilty of the drug related charges. Officer Brandon’s funeral mass was held at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church and she was laid to rest in Mary’s Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Matthew; daughter, Barbara; and two stepsons, Sean and Marvin.