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Family, friends praise deputy slain in robbery

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 12, 2007 in Crime
Daniel Browne-Sanchez dies trying to save others from a gunman
To those who knew him best, the attempt by Deputy Sheriff Daniel Browne-Sanchez to subdue an armed robber was not a surprise. His family and friends say that he would always go out of the way to help and protect others.
"It seemed he was always concerned about other people's safety over himself, and he would do anything to help out somebody and see that they were put out of harm's (way)," said Deputy Sheriff Andre Jackson yesterday.
Friends and family members cried as they recalled Browne-Sanchez, 27, a five-year deputy with the Sheriff Division. He was shot and killed by a gunman early Saturday morning while he was working at his part-time job at Osake Sushi Bar and Lounge. Browne-Sanchez had been working at the bar for the past six months as a bar back, assisting bartenders.
"He had many dreams, many aspirations," said his mother, Robina Browne of Hilo, as her friend Linda Deehr held her hand to comfort her. "He wanted to go further. He always wanted to help people, wanted to defend people, and he wanted to do more in criminology and perhaps become a federal agent and work in Washington."
His killing is the first that involves a deputy sheriff in Hawaii, said Iwalani White, interim director of the Department of Public Safety.
At about 3:00 in the morning on Saturday, a man in his 30s entered the bar with a semiautomatic handgun equiped with a silencer, just as employees were closing up. The suspect ordered two cooks into the lounge. About eight to ten people were in the lounge when the suspect fired three or four rounds into the roof and wall. Browne-Sanchez jumped on the suspect, and during the struggle that ensured, he was shot three times in the arm, chest and upper chest.
Four other employees jumped on the suspect when more rounds were fired. They held him down until police arrived. Browne-Sanchez was taken to hospital in critical condition where he underwent surgery before he died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday.
"The people of the Department of Public Safety are deeply saddened and shocked at the untimely death of one of our own, Deputy Sheriff Daniel Browne-Sanchez," White said. "Deputy Sanchez was known for his kindness and willingness to help others. He was respected and admired by his colleagues and loved by his many friends and family."
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