Slain deputy was trying to earn money for family trip

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Florida deputy shot and killed while issuing domestic violence injuction.

A veteran Florida sheriff’s deputy and a suspect have died after a shooting and subsequent standoff at a motel after a procedural step in a domestic violence investigation went awry, police said.A man fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy outside a lawyer’s office Tuesday and then barricaded himself inside a motel, where he exchanged gunfire with other deputies and was killed, the authorities said. Deputy Bill Myers went to meet 33-year-old suspect Joel Dixon Smith around 8:20 p.m. near the Cotton & Gates law firm in the panhandle town, Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley said at an afternoon news conference. Fuller was seen trying to open doors of cars and homes and was heard by one witness yelling, “I have a gun.” He ran inside a home, and after repeated commands to surrender, Sheriff Judd said, Mr.

He was just a sick little coward.” “Deputy Myers has been a treasured part of this agency’s family since 1989,” Ashley said in the press release. “He served this community with distinction for decades. Smith, a postal worker, then fled in his vehicle, heading to a Comfort Suites about 10 miles away in Niceville, where he had previously rented a room. He loved photography and he had an ability to make those around him smile, especially his young granddaughter who he adored and took to Disney World as often as he could. We pray for his soul and for his family and we ask that the community pray for them as well, and for all the men and women who have the courage in these troubled times to put their lives on the line for others.” Witnesses to the carnage said they couldn’t believe what had happened. David Wray, an owner of a nearby awning business, said he and an employee originally heard gunshots and thought there was a robbery at a Dollar Store.

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