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Hero Down: Wayne County Sheriff’s Cpl. Bryant Searcy Murdered By Inmate

Detroit, MI – Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Corporal Bryant Searcy was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday after being attacked by an inmate inside a downtown Detroit jail facility.

Cpl. Searcy was locking inmates down on the fourth floor of Jail Division 2 on Clinton Street at approximately 10 p.m. on Sept. 2 when he was attacked and “viciously assaulted” by a 28-year-old inmate, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said during an emotional press conference on Thursday morning.

“There was a struggle,” Sheriff Napoleon said, holding back tears. “At the end of the struggle, we believe he lost consciousness.”

The “gravely injured” 50-year-old corporal was rushed to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, WCSO Undersheriff Daniel Pfannes told the Detroit Free Press.

Cpl. Searcy’s accused murderer has been taken into the custody of the Detroit Police Department.

“He has a long history,” Sheriff Napoleon noted on Thursday. “This is not his first time being involved in serious crime, but God willing, it will be the last time.”

Additional details about the assault have not been released.

Detroit Police Department homicide detectives will handle the ongoing criminal investigation into Cpl. Searcy’s murder, according to the WCSO.

“It is with heartfelt sadness and deep regret that the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of Cpl. Bryant Searcy,” the department said in a press release, according to WDIV.

Cpl. Searcy was hired by WCSO as a police officer in November of 2002.

He was assigned to the Jail Division 2 at the time of his death.

“He was a consummate professional,” Sheriff Napoleon said. “Very much a person who recognized that he was in charge of the care of inmates and even though they had done something wrong, he was very professional in his interaction with them.”

Cpl. Searcy leaves behind his wife and his 21-year-old daughter, Sheriff Napoleon said.

A fundraising campaign established to assist the slain corporal’s family in the wake of their loss has raised over $5,000 so far.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Corporal Searcy’s wife, Sherry, and their daughter during this horrific time,” Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said in a statement, according to WDIV. “Words cannot express the magnitude of the loss and pain we feel today…The attack on and homicide of Corporal Searcy is a jarring reminder of the danger the men and women in law enforcement face on every shift.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Bryant Searcy, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Corporal Bryant Searcy, your life mattered.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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