On Tuesday evening around 7:30 p.m. Daytona Beach police respond to a call of a person suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Orange City Police Sergeant Kelly Jo Brubaker. had shot herself and was pulled out of the water on Daytona Beach near SunSplash Park.
Wayne Miller, the Orange City Police Department’s deputy chief of police said Wednesday morning, “the department is mourning the unexpected passing of one of our police officers - Sergeant Kelly Jo Brubaker.”
Lt. Jason Sampsell of the Orange City police department had no comment on whether Sergeant Brubaker, 49, had taken her life with an department-issued firearm.
On Tuesday night there were reports that a child might have been with Brubaker but Sampsell said, " law enforcement was also dealing with another case around the same time that that involved a child and there may have been a miscommunication. There was no child with Brubaker," he said.
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Sergeant Brubaker, a West Volusia resident, is survived by adult children, Sampsell said.
According to Deputy Chief Miller Brubaker she started with the Orange City Police Department in in July of 2007 as a patrol officer. Sergeant Brubaker was promoted to sergeant four years later in November 2011, Deputy Chief Miller said.
“Brubaker was an asset to the police department and served in her position with honor and distinction,” Deputy Chief Miller said. "Sergeant Kelly was also an adjunct instructor for the Daytona State College instructing other law enforcement personnel.”
The men and women of the Orange City Police Department are devastated by the unexpected death of their dear friend and co-worker Sergeant Kelly Brubaker. Kelly was very well liked and respected as a knowledgeable and experienced police officer.
Sergeant Brubaker also worked several years as Volusia County 9-1-1 dispatcher, Lieutenant Sampsell said. Please keep Sergeant Kelly Brubaker in your thoughts, she will be missed.