Sgt. Brannon Snead
Troop H - Tallahassee
Congratulations to Sergeant Brannon M. Snead for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for August 2008, for his quick actions in two incidents; one that involved a lady who caused a disturbance in a local business and the other that led to the apprehension of four suspects in an armed carjacking.
On August 1, 2008, Sgt. Snead responded to a disturbance at a business in Gadsden County. Inside the gas station, a female subject had stolen several items and took them to her vehicle. She returned to the store and began knocking clothing racks onto the floor, then attempted to cut her wrist with a broken coffee mug. The subject, who suffers from severe depression, had made threats to take her own life. Sgt. Snead talked with the subject and calmed her down, taking her into custody under the Baker Act.
On August 3, 2008, Sgt. Snead received a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) in reference to a vehicle that had been stolen in a carjacking. The suspects were reportedly in possession of a large semi-automatic handgun. At 12:50 a.m., Sgt. Snead was driving east on State Road 90 approaching Capital Circle SW in Leon County when he saw four young black males run across the westbound lanes of US 90. They appeared to match the description of the subjects in the carjacking BOLO. As Sgt. Snead drove past them they hid behind a large oak tree and watched as he passed, looking to see if he turned around. As Sgt. Snead stopped for the red light at Capital Circle SW, he watched in his mirror and saw the subjects run behind a roadside hotel. Because the young males matched the description of the subjects in the carjacking, Sgt. Snead turned around and drove into the motel’s rear parking lot.
As he was driving through the parking lot he saw four young males attempting to get inside a vehicle that matched the BOLO of the car stolen in the carjacking. As Sgt. Snead approached, the subjects ran from the vehicle. Sgt. Snead identified himself as a state trooper and ordered them to stop. Sgt. Snead was able to apprehend one of the suspects and take him into custody. The suspect was identified, and a check of the vehicle revealed that it had been stolen in the carjacking. The Tallahassee Police Department was requested to respond to the scene. The subject was charged with armed carjacking with a firearm, resisting an officer without violence, and trespassing in a conveyance. His accomplices were subsequently arrested and were also charged.
Sergeant Snead is commended on his quick actions, excellent police work, and his commitment to keeping the people of Florida safe. Congratulations!