Family tragedy inspires Gladstone officer to serve and protect

Nothing is temporary about Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph.Melanie Suzanne Sherman died 20 years ago. The ...

Posted: Feb 4, 2018 4:44 PM
Updated: Feb 4, 2018 4:44 PM

Nothing is temporary about Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph.

Melanie Suzanne Sherman died 20 years ago. The bubbly brunette was magnetic. Even her signature, which included a heart, showed she was full of love.

"I wish I could've done something for her," her little brother, Brandon Sherman said. "Or been with her. Her dying alone like that, just haunts me."

Brandon Sherman cannot forget what happened because he was the one who found her in the family home on Angelique Street.

"It's a horrible thing to describe, but there was something in the air that I could smell," he said. "A distinct smell of blood."

On the morning of July 24, 1997, mom and dad had already left for work. The then 13-year-old Brandon Sherman heard an alarm clock in a different room.

"As soon as I seen her, I knew she was gone," he said.

He used the families home phone to call 911. The officer who arrived first helped calm him during the chaos.

"The first person I saw, I knew he was going to help me," he said. "I knew it was OK. As soon as he got there, I knew it was OK."

The young boy also knew that his sister was having trouble with her ex-boyfriend, prep football star Eric Weston. According to friends, Weston would not leave her alone after they broke up.

On July 22, 1997, Melanie Sherman sought an order of protection against Weston. Two days later, she was murdered. The gruesome crime stunned the entire community.

"It was a hard thing for people to understand, and wrap their mind around that," Brandon Sherman said.

The case was on the front page of the paper often. Hundreds showed up to court hearings and the funeral. The 19-year-old recent graduate from Central High School would never become a nurse, wife and mother.

"He took a lot from me, and a lot from my family," Brandon Sherman said. "He took my childhood away. He took my sister's life."

Weston was sentenced to life in prison, plus ten years. However, he will be eligible for parole in the future.

Right now, he sits behind bars in Cameron. The crime and response by police made such an impact on Sherman, he decided he wanted to be a cop.

Brandon Sherman is now a sergeant with the Gladstone Department of Public Safety. On Nov. 20, 2016, he almost lost his life in the line of duty.

Cpl. Eli Dorsey had stopped a speeding Porsche and asked for back up. Brandon Sherman arrived, and at some point, an armed suspect got out of the car and ran.

Brandon Sherman wrestled him to the ground.

"As soon as he flipped over, he had a huge handgun and he pointed it at my head," he said. "I was able to grab the gun and direct it away from my head. And it went off quicker than you could blink."

A bullet hit Brandon Sherman's thumb. Eventually, Dorsey fired, and the suspect died.

"The whole time that the assault was going on, I could see images of my kids and my wife in my head," he said.

Brandon Sherman has had multiple surgeries to save his thumb and has had to undergo intense physical therapy. The past year, he was named our area's officer of the year.

Brandon Sherman knows his big sister would be proud of him today.

"I wanted her to be proud of what I'm doing," he said. "I felt like this was my calling, and it is. It's something that I love doing."

West Lafayette
Scattered Clouds
89° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 93°
Kokomo
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 91°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 86°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 86°
Williamsport
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 87°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 87°
Frankfort
Scattered Clouds
83° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 88°
Delphi
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 88°
Monticello
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 88°
Logansport
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 93°
Hotter & More Humid with Some Storms, Then a Cool-Down
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 78632

Reported Deaths: 3113
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion16437734
Lake7952283
Elkhart505191
Allen4161164
St. Joseph376683
Hamilton3033104
Vanderburgh212215
Hendricks1978109
Johnson1819119
Cass18139
Porter141539
Clark135250
Tippecanoe129312
Madison106266
LaPorte96730
Howard94865
Kosciusko87812
Bartholomew86747
Floyd86150
Marshall80523
Monroe78432
Vigo77913
Delaware77752
Dubois72912
Noble71729
Boone71646
Hancock70239
Warrick61230
Jackson6075
Shelby57328
LaGrange57110
Grant53330
Dearborn52828
Morgan50135
Henry46720
Clinton4624
Wayne41010
White38411
Montgomery36721
Harrison36524
Lawrence35927
Decatur35332
Putnam3318
Daviess29620
Scott28110
Miami2792
Jasper2662
Greene25934
Franklin25116
Gibson2464
DeKalb2444
Jennings23312
Ripley2218
Steuben2173
Carroll2135
Fayette2097
Perry18913
Orange18824
Posey1840
Starke1817
Wabash1805
Wells1802
Fulton1752
Jefferson1752
Knox1711
Sullivan1631
Whitley1626
Tipton15516
Washington1531
Clay1505
Spencer1403
Randolph1345
Huntington1303
Adams1242
Newton12110
Owen1131
Rush1004
Jay970
Pulaski841
Brown762
Fountain762
Pike670
Blackford662
Benton640
Ohio636
Vermillion620
Switzerland590
Parke581
Martin530
Crawford500
Union420
Warren251
Unassigned0207

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events