Deputy sheriff dies after heart attack on duty

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Author: PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie

By PoliceOne Staff

BURLEIGH COUNTY, N.D. — A deputy sheriff who was arresting a suspect suffered a fatal heart attack early Wednesday morning, preliminary autopsy results indicate.

Bryan Sleeper, 39, attempted to subdue a combative suspect who a fellow deputy had stopped for speeding, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. The suspect fled, so Sleeper and the other deputy confronted the man at his home, deploying their TASERs twice.

Sleeper collapsed shortly after and was transported to the hospital, where he could not be revived.

In 2007, Sleeper was among several winners of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association’s life-saving award, according to The Republic. He was a three-year veteran of the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department.

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