SEPTEMBER 2012 UPDATE: ROBERT SIMS INDICTED FOR THE MURDER OF BRENDA SIMS. KUDOS TO ANY AND ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT, COURT, AND FAMILY WHO HAD A PART IN BRINGING THIS CASE FORWARD.
RESERVE DEPUTY DIES WHEN GUN DISCHARGES
The Randolph Leader
Vanessa Sorrell Burnside
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 9:20 am
[Excerpts] WEHADKEE - A Randolph County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy was accidentally killed while preparing to shoot at targets in her back yard on New Year's Eve afternoon. According to the report, Brenda H. Sims, 59, of 3552 County Rd. 30 wanted to practice shooting in order to qualify for her pistol permit. Her husband, Robert Gary Sims Jr., 45, also a reserve deputy, set up the targets in the back yard and then brought out the bags in which the couple stored their guns. When Mr. Sims set the bags on the truck, he heard a pop, looked over at his wife and saw her slumping down. One of the guns had apparently fired from within the bag... He then put her in his reserve deputy car and drove to Corner One in Roanoke to meet the ambulance there.... Mrs. Sims was pronounced dead in the parking lot of Randolph Plaza. Because Mr. and Mrs. Sims worked with RCSO, Sheriff David Cofield called the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to work the case, which is under investigation but at this time appears to have been an accident... Mrs. Sims was a captain in the reserves and Mr. Sims is a major... [LINK]
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