BCSO’s Tyler Thoman and Brian Potters Honored by Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 19, 2022
deputies honored for response to violent attack that occurred in August 2021
‘EVIL CAN NEVER BE DEAD ENOUGH’: Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey provided this video update on the deputy-involved shooting that occurred on August 30 in West Melbourne. “As I have said several times before…if you point a gun at one of my Deputies you just guaranteed yourself a trip to one of three locations…the hospital, the morgue, or if you are real lucky…the hospital and jail!” said Sheriff Ivey.
SHERIFF IVEY: This suspect is a perfect example of what is wrong with our Criminal Justice System as he is a Registered Career Criminal with 23 felony arrests and 17 misdemeanor arrests for narcotics trafficking, aggravated assault with a weapon, robbery with a firearm, battery on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and attempted first-degree felony murder.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputies Tyler Thoman and Brian Potters were recognized by the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police with dual honors as Brevard County Law Enforcement Officers of the Year.
“I am extremely proud to announce that over the course of the past several weeks, Deputies Tyler Thoman and Brian Potters have been honored by being named the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office ‘Deputies of the Year,’ and ‘Law Enforcement Officers of the Year’ by the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police, said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
While Thoman and Potters were formally recognized as “Deputies of the Year” at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Annual Awards Ceremony on April 1st, they were again awarded the honor of “Law Enforcement Officers of the Year” this past Wednesday night by the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police.
Each year the association recognizes the top law enforcement officers from each agency within Brevard County and then the board picks the “Brevard County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” from all of the nominees from each respective agency.
As a result of outstanding performance in law enforcement activities and efforts to stabilize social order, many police stations or law enforcement agencies reward outstanding police officers with police challenge coins. It is through the work of police officers like Tyler Thoman and Brian Potters that citizens’ lives and properties are greatly protected.
Brain and Tyler were honored with the award recognition for their response to a violent attack that occurred on August 30th, 2021, when a suspect exited a vehicle during a traffic stop and opened fire on both Deputies with a rifle.
As many will recall from the dashcam footage of the incident, Deputy Potters were injured during the gunfight when he received a gunshot wound to the leg and also received significant trauma to the head and face, when the perpetrator struck him repeatedly with the butt of the rifle. Deputy Thoman was able to permanently eliminate the threat from the suspect and in doing so, without question saved the life of Deputy Potters.
“I could not be more proud of Tyler and Brian for how they handled this extremely violent incident and we are blessed that God was watching over them as they faced an extremely violent individual with evil in his heart!” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“Please join me in congratulating Deputy Tyler Thoman and Deputy Brian Potters on being named “Deputies of the Year” by our agency and “Law Enforcement Officers of the Year” by the Brevard County Association of Chiefs of Police.”
“In addition, please join me in congratulating all of the “Officers of the Year” from each respective agency for their incredible work to save lives, impact our citizens, and protect our community!” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
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