HOUSTON (FOX 26) - On Tuesday at about 12:30 a.m., a Brazoria County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2015 Kia passenger car at the intersection of SH 288B and County Road 687 for a traffic infraction, according to Lieutenant Varon Snelgrove from Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.
The passenger car failed to stop and traveled west bound on County road 687 before coming to a stop in a residential driveway in the 200 block of County Road 687. As the vehicle came to a stop, gunshots began to be fired from the vehicle at the deputy striking the patrol vehicle numerous times as the deputy attempted to exit the patrol unit.
The deputy was able to return fire in an attempt to stop the attack. A 36-year-old white male identified as Brandon Ray Stansel and 40-year-old white female identified as Kelly Danielle Brumley were both pronounced dead on scene by Judge Jack Brown JP 1-1. The cause of death is pending autopsy results being conducted by the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office.
A neighbor told FOX 26 that a mutual friend told him a man named Joshua was in the car with Stansel and said Stansel fired the first shots at the deputy, striking his patrol car several times.
Joshua reportedly told the deputy Stansel said he wasn't going back to prison.
After exchanging gunfire with the deputy, the neighbor told us Stansel went into his home apparently to get a clip to reload.
At that point Stansel's 40-year-old girlfriend Kelly Danielle Brumley walked out of the house behind Stansel, according to the neighbor.
Brumley was also shot to death.
It's not known if she had a weapon.
Both Stansel and Brumley have extensive criminal histories. Stansel had outstanding warrants that include weapon violations.
The Sheriff's Office Deputy was treated on scene for non-life threatening injuries by EMS personnel.
Investigators from the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office along with the Brazoria County District Attorney's Office are investigating the incident. The investigation has revealed that Brandon Ray Stansel had two weapons-related outstanding warrants for his arrest at the time of the incident, one for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and the second for tampering with identification numbers.
This is the first fatal deputy involved shooting for the Brazoria County Sheriffs Department since December 2016.
The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released as it is revealed.