Save #2026, Sergeant James ‘Buddy’ Brown – York County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team York SC
On January 16, 2018, SWAT Operators from the
York County Sheriff’s Office were searching for
an assailant who had shot York County K9
Handler Sgt. Randy Clinton just two hours
Armed with an AK-47 rifle, the assailant shot
and hit the State Law Enforcement Division
(SLED) helicopter assisting in the search, before ambushing the SWAT
Operators. Detective Mike Doty lost his life in the exchange, and Sgt. James
“Buddy” Brown and Sgt. Kyle Cummings were both injured.
Sgt. Brown was hit in the thigh, the hand guard of his rifle, and directly on his
PROTECH® Delta™ 4 helmet. Though injured, Sgt. Brown and Sgt. Cummings
were able to stay in the fight and returned fire, wounding the assailant, who
was taken into custody.
Sgt. Clinton, Sgt. Cummings and Sgt. Brown are all recovering from their
injuries and hope to return to full duty soon.
We welcome Sergeant James “Buddy” Brown, SAVE #2026, to The Safariland
Group SAVES CLUB®.