Sergeant Allen Brandt succumbed to complications of gunshot wounds sustained shortly after midnight on October 16th, 2016, while responding to a shots fired call on the 300 block of Seventh Avenue.
As Sergeant Allen Brandt arrived in the area he observed a man walking down the sidewalk. He pulled over as he approached the pedestrian, and the man dashed in front of the car with a gun in his hand. Sergeant Brandt opened the door to get behind the police car for protection and the man opened fire, striking him five times in the legs. One additional round was stopped by Sergeant Brandt’s vest. The man then kicked Sergeant Brandt in the head before stealing his service weapon and patrol car.
The subject fled the scene in the patrol car but was arrested two days later. He was charged with attempted murder in the first degree, assault, vehicle theft, theft and tampering with evidence.
A piece of shrapnel from the round that struck Sergeant Brandt’s vest lodged in Sergeant Brandt’s eye. On October 27th, 2016, Sergeant Brandt underwent surgery in an attempt to remove the shrapnel and save his eye. He suffered severe complications during the surgery and passed away the following day.
Sergeant Brandt had served with the Fairbanks Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.