Classy Move: Slain Deputy's Son Gets Dad's Car as Gift Rancher outbids teen at auction, then turns over keys By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 14, 2015 1:36 PM CDT 26 comments Comments Tanner Brownlee gets the keys in the frame grab from video. (newsnet5) (Newser) – When Tanner Brownlee was 15, his dad was shot and killed in the line of duty as a deputy for the Weld County Sheriff's Office in Colorado. Last night, about five years after that shooting, his dad's old patrol car came up for bid at a charity auction. Brownlee bid on it for obvious sentimental reasons, but the price quickly rose above his limit, reports newsnet5. Rancher Steve Wells got the Dodge Charger for $60,000, accepted the keys, then turned and said, "Tanner, here's your car." Brownlee says the two had never met previously. "It means so much to me." Money from the auction benefits COPS, a group that helps families of fallen officers, notes 9News.