Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Gene Thomas Brandon Indicted for Attempted Murder of Two Patrol Officers

Today, our partners at the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office announced an attempted murder indictment of the driver who used a dump truck to attack two of our patrol officers.

Below you will find the release from the State’s Attorney’s Office on the indictment.


UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Gene Thomas Brandon, Jr., 31, of Aquasco, has been indicted on two counts of attempted first and second degree murder, two counts of first and second degree assault and two counts of malicious destruction of property related to a January 7th incident in which he rammed two county police cruisers, nearly striking two officers, with a dump truck that he was driving.

On January 7, 2015, Officers Jeffrey Brag and Rodney Lauchman were standing between their parked cruisers at Woodmore Towne Center when Brandon pulled up to them in a 2007 GMC dump truck and said that the officers had killed his brother.  The officers responded that they did not kill his brother and that he needed to move his vehicle because he was blocking traffic.

Brandon stated again that the officers killed his brother and the officers again asked him to move his vehicle because he was blocking traffic and told him to have a nice day.  After telling the officers that they were about to have a nice day, Brandon turned around in a nearby parking lot and accelerated, at a high rate of speed, towards the officers.

The officers ran into a nearby field to prevent being struck by the dump truck. Brandon then struck Lauchman’s cruiser with the dump truck and drove up onto its trunk, which pushed Lauchman’s cruiser into Bragg’s cruiser.  Brandon continued driving approximately 100 feet into the intersection continually pushing the cruiser.  

After stopping his truck, Brandon got out and approached the officers in the field where they were able to take him into custody without further incident.

For more information on the indictment, please contact the State’s Attorney’s Office at 301-952-2848.

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