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Deputy Sheriff Len Burt Adams | Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Len Burt Adams

Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, June 16, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Deputy Adams was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. The shooting occurred when Deputy Adams and another deputy entered a home where a 25 year old man was engaged in a heated argument with his girlfriends father. The man produced a gun and opened fire, killing Deputy Adams; seriously wounding the other deputy and the father; and slightly wounding the girlfriend's mother. The gunman fled into a nearby wooded area and was apprehended a short time later.

On October 23, 1958, a jury found the suspect, who claimed self defense, not guilty of all charges except one. He was found guilty of shooting the mother and sentenced to six months in jail.

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 27, 2016

 

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