Detective Dan Brite (Douglas County Sheriff’s Office)
On 09/02/16, Detective Dan Brite and other members of the Douglas County IMPACT Unit responded to a suicidal subject. Upon arrival, the subject was leaving his residence with several weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammo. The subject saw the police and retreated back to his residence. Members of the IMPACT Unit followed the subject back to his residence. Upon immediately entering the subject’s driveway, he opened fire on members of the IMPACT Unit with an AK-47 rifle.
Members of the IMPACT Unit immediately returned fire. Detective Brite was shot in the chest with an AK-47 round. He was wearing body armor, but the bullet entered the left side of his chest just below his armpit – the small area not covered by a vest. Detective Brite continued firing on the subject until he lost consciousness. A SWAT Medic and members of the IMPACT Unit immediately assessed Detective Brite and transported him to an awaiting ambulance. Detective Brite was transported to Parker Adventist Hospital.
Detective Brite was dead upon entering the hospital. Dr. Bertocchi, along with an amazing hospital staff, began the nearly impossible task of bringing Detective Brite back to life. Detective Brite was given less than a 1% chance of survival, but he came back to life. Just 20 minutes later, Detective Brite died a second time, and the hospital staff shocked his heart repeatedly until he came back to life.
Detective Brite became a paraplegic due to the gunshot wound. He faces a very long road to recovery.
Adsit Strong is honored to share Detective Brite’s story and support him as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Rise and Run. Please join us this year in supporting this amazing man!