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"Sherry!? I've been looking everywhere for you Sherry...Brave little girl to leave her house in the middle of this mess..."
— Irons after confronting Sherry Birkin and Claire Redfield at the Parking Garage of the Raccoon Police Station

Brian Irons (ブライアン・アイアンズ Buraian Aianzu?) was a Raccoon City police officer and Chief of Police of the Raccoon Police Department until 1998. Despite his position, Irons was deeply involved in corporate corruption like other city officials, and took bribes from Umbrella U.S.A. to keep the company out of investigations. During the 1998 Raccoon City Destruction Incident, Irons suffered a mental breakdown and began killing fellow officers and refugees, and was killed violently by a G parasite.

Biography[]

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Brian Irons at a press conference, already serving as chief of police.

Irons made a career in the Raccoon Police Department, and reached the rank of Chief of Police. This position put him in a very close relationship with Umbrella USA, the American subsidiary of the Umbrella Corporation, a company which was not only a major employer in the city, but was also performing top-secret military bioweapons research involving illegal human testing in violation of the 1972 Bioweapons Convention. Furthermore, this relationship with Umbrella led to him forming acquaintances and friendships with individual Umbrella employees. Umbrella virologist Dr. William Birkin trusted Irons with stationing some of his officers in the Raccoon City sewers to provide security in the areas leading to Umbrella's underground NEST research facility.[2]

Irons was also placed in charge of the Raccoon City Orphanage to disguise Umbrella's use of child test subjects.[3][4] On the 6th and 16th of every month, he visited Umbrella's top-secret facilities to hold meetings with Umbrella's Raccoon City facility heads and, if needed, was expected to use the police force to prevent Umbrella's illegal research from being exposed to the public. Irons was also good friends with Umbrella biologist Dr. Nathaniel Bard and United States Senator Greg Tester, often engaging with the two and acting as a facilitator of deals which they conducted in secret.[5]

Under Chief Irons' watch, Umbrella donations led to the creation of the Special Tactics and Rescue Service, an elite law enforcement team comprised of scientists and ex-military personnel who could use their expertise to solve cases the rest of the RPD was not qualified or experienced to handle. Led by Dr. Albert Wesker, an Umbrella intelligence agent, S.T.A.R.S. was effectively Umbrella's private army. Whether or not Chief Irons knew Wesker was an Umbrella agent is unknown. To maintain power and avert suspicion of his illegal activities, Irons presented a picture-perfect public image to the people of Raccoon City, bolstered by fluff news stories and philanthropy work.[5][6]

Mansion Incident[]

In May 1998, the mountain-based Arklay Laboratory fell to a t-Virus outbreak, and in spite of its security personnel, mutants escaped and began killing a number of hikers and Raccoon City denizens on the city outskirts. Irons became highly stressed as a result of these attacks and Umbrella's failure to counter them, and was continually briefed by the Birkins as to the developments as well as their ongoing strain with the company. By July 1998, Umbrella and the RPD had both respectively failed to contain and explain the deaths, and the case was handed over to S.T.A.R.S. Between July 23 and 25, a total of seven S.T.A.R.S. officers, including Wesker and RPD pilot Kevin Dooley, were reported dead and the laboratory itself was ultimately destroyed in what came to be known as the Mansion Incident.

Though S.T.A.R.S. survivors Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Barry Burton, Rebecca Chambers and Brad Vickers bore witness in various degrees to Umbrella's research and uncovered the truth behind the attacks, most of the evidence was lost in the laboratory's explosion. Irons had S.T.A.R.S. shut down to prevent them from investigating the company and kept a close eye on their activities. While it was too late to stop them telling the townspeople about their experiences, it was believed that the quiet destruction of leftover evidence would prevent anyone from believing them.

Raccoon City Destruction Incident and Death[]

By September 1998, the t-Virus made its way into the city through a number of channels. Things quickly began to change radically over the month, when the Birkins were subject to an Umbrella HQ to recover Golgotha from their lab. The intrusion of investigative reporters Ben Bertolucci and January Van Sant also risked going public with the existence of the G-Virus Project, NEST and Irons' corruption. While Van Sant was ultimately disappeared by Umbrella, false charges were made on Bertolucci to keep him under Irons' shadow. S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine, suspended from the RPD, was being spied on and could be killed if needed.

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Irons about to kill Katherine.

On 23 September, Irons was alerted to the leak of the t-Virus into the city's water supply. Overcome with this news, Irons finally broke down mentally. Believing himself to be infected, he began giving confusing orders to the police officers to ensure that the entire precinct die with him. These orders included the looting of the arms locker and dispersal of arms to points across the building, which deprived officers of guns when those areas were overrun by Zombies. A victim of Irons' rampage was Katherine Warren, daughter of Raccoon City mayor Michael Warren, who had fled town without her. She was killed on the night of 29 September after being lured over to the ophanage, where he planned to turn her into taxidermy.

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"G" embryo bursts out of Irons chest.

In spite of his murder spree, the potential for rescue was tempting to Irons. During a visit to the police station, Irons recognised Birkin's daughter, Sherry, who he knew to have access to NEST and its crucial G-Virus storage which could be negotiated over. When Sherry discarded her locket, Irons forced civilian Claire Redfield to bring it to the orphanage. While there, he caught Sherry trying to escape and was splashed in the face with formaldehyde. While chasing her he was attacked by Birkin, who had mutated from Golgotha infection, and planted a G-embryo in his throat. When Redfield arrived with the pendant, he was killed in front of her when the embryo bursts off of Irons' torso.

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References
  1. Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  2. Resident Evil 2 (2019), file: "Copy of Emails to Chief Irons".
  3. Resident Evil 2 (2019), file: "Letter from the Director".
  4. Resident Evil 2 (2019), file: "Sally's Diary".
  5. 5.0 5.1 Resident Evil 3 (2020), file: "Banquet Invitation".
  6. Resident Evil 2 (2019), file: "Raccoon Monthly, June Issue".
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