Man Rams Golf Cart, Guns Down Fire Captain

A firefighter was fatally shot in the head on Sunday morning.

​Scottsdale, AZ – An off-duty Tempe Fire Medical Department (TFMD) medical captain was fatally shot in the head on Sunday morning, following a confrontation with a man who ran into a golf cart that the captain was riding in, police said.

Captain Kyle Brayer, 34, was killed during an incident unfolded at the intersection of Stetson and Civic Center Plaza, KPNX reported.

Police said they received a call of the shooting at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Capt. Brayer had been riding on the back of a golf cart with several other individuals, when a red Scion pulled up behind them and began following them very closely, police said.

When the driver of the Scion began bumping into the cart, Capt. Brayer jumped off and confronted him.

The driver, who was later identified as 21-year-old Herzon Parks, shot the captain in the head and fled the scene, hitting several other vehicles in the process, CBS News reported.

Brayer was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Kyle was an exceptional young man," Tempe Fire Chief Greg Ruiz told FOX News. “He was very caring and passionate about his work and the Tempe community.”

Parks turned himself in to police at approximately 6 p.m., after he saw reports about the incident on local news broadcasts, investigators said.

He was charged with second degree murder, and appeared before the court just after 5 a.m. on Monday, KPNX reported.

Prosecutors said that the court granted their request for a $300,000 cash-only bond, because Parks has connections outside of the U.S. and could be a potential flight risk.

Capt. Brayer, a ten-year veteran of the TFMD, was also a U.S. Marine veteran, the Glendale Firefighters said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

“He was taken from us too soon by a senseless act of random violence,” the post read. “Kyle’s family, friends and the Tempe Fire Medical Department will be in our thoughts and prayer[s]. God Speed Brother Brayer.”

“The City of Tempe lost one of our own today to an act of senseless violence,” Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell echoed in a separate post. “Fire Captain Kyle Brayer was a valued member of our Fire Medical Rescue Team and my thoughts go out to his family, friends and fellow firefighters.”

Parks’ preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 14.

It's just a never ending series of tragedies.


oh my GOD--my heart goes out to the family and friends of Capt. Brayer. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I am so sorry that this has happened. So sorry. I am happy that the one who caused this tragedy turned himself, in. How very sad.


Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Cap...


Second Degree? How about First Degree? By his actions he was looking for violence which makes it premeditated


A Scion the guy was driving a Scion and had a gun! prayers to the family and the Fire Department. Fire Trucks 🚒 shit bigger than a Scions

We all know how this could turn out. He Lawyers up, gets a panty waist judge, gets a dr. to say he is crazy, confuse the media, make the punk look like a victim. The Ratbag gets 5 and out in 2. Bring on the pain for this idiot. Mr. D.A. PLEASE see that this punk stays in jail for the rest of his life. Punks like him will now start a movement to hate firefighters like they do cops. Make the pain and punishment harsh. This guy lost his rights when he pulled the trigger. Who would even defend this clown?



This has to do with the murder of a fireman, how?


The news reported Capt Brayer approached the Scion with his hands raised in a non-confrontational manner to see why the vehicle had hit the golfcart. The good thing is this happened in Maricopa County and although Joe Arpaio is no longer the Sheriff, we do have an aggressive county DA and this pussy ass, punk bitch will spend time in prison. This is a loss to the entire Phoenix Metro fire family and he will be missed greatly. I didn’t know Capt Brayer personally, but have only heard good things about him and understand he was a great firefighter and Capt and like I said he will be greatly missed.


When will it end ! It seems as though there is MORE and MORE guns out on the streets these days ! Pretty soon it will be like the 18th centry and we will be shot for farting !

It isn't the guns, it's the person. A gun can not do anything ob it's own, the evil in a persons mind and heart that does the deed. It could very well have been a knife, a bat, a piece of pipe, he was using the car itself as a weapon before they stopped and got out.

You're an idiot


Sad! RIP Brother...Always carry and be safe! We need more good guys to carry guns 24/7. Especially firefighters and military personnel who should carry off duty with their concealed handgun permits!