I am writing this as a tribute to a friend and true warrior, who died this morning in the line of duty. I have known Deputy Winfield for many many years, and we served together in our community. Dep Winfield was a Marion County Deputy, and I worked with him as a Marion City Police Officer. He will be sadly missed by everyone. His Dad and Brother are City Officers on our department, and prayers are out to them. The paper reports that....(the case is still under investigation)....Dep Winfield was investigating an abandoned vehicle blocking traffic near Waldo. He located 2 Hispanic males with a gas can. He began transporting them to their vehicle, and they never heard from him again. The cruiser was found top up in a ravine, and he was shot dead. Any further details are unknown. R.I.P., we lost a Brother today. (MARION STAR NEWSPAPER) Two suspects are in custody after a local deputy was killed early this morning shortly after radioing headquarters to say he was helping a stranded motorist. Following a 3:59 a.m. cell phone call from a passerby about a stopped vehicle, Dep. Brandy Lyn Winfield drove to Ohio 423 south of Benzler-Lust Road six miles outside of Marion to check out a white 1993 Chevrolet van that was stopped and abandoned on the road, said Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey. Winfield, 29, determined, with help from dispatchers, that two Hispanic males had just left the Duke station a few miles south of the van in Waldo. Then, at about 4:43 a.m., Bailey said, Winfield called two men walking along the road and he stopped them and called their personal information. "That was the last we heard of him," Bailey said. When officials from the Sheriff's Office and the Marion City Police Department went looking for Winfield, they found his cruiser top side down in a ravine south of where the van was stopped at 5:03 a.m. He had been shot and was still in the cruiser. Stofcheck Ambulance Service took him to Marion General Hospital. "He was pronounced dead by an apparent gunshot wound," Bailey said. Bailey said two Hispanic males are in custody and are being questioned. He added that a third person, suspected to have been involved, is in the emergency room at Marion General. Their apprehension followed a statewide alert for the white Chevrolet van, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Ohio Department of Transportation authorities blocked the road from Marion-Cardington down to Waldo, said a transportation official on the scene. Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Marion Post, Delaware Police Department and Delaware County Sheriff's Office also assisted in addition to ODOT, the Sheriff's Office and the police department. Winfield was a six-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office road patrol, according to the news release. He is survived by a wife and two children. His father and brother are officers with the Marion police department. The last line of the release is: "The family is well-respected in the law enforcement community."