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Sheriff Edward Porter, Jr. | Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sheriff

Edward Porter, Jr.

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, April 13, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Executed in 1954

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Sheriff Porter was stabbed and shot to death while investigating the theft of a coat from a men's store. He had taken the suspect out of school to question him. The boy admitted to taking the coat after giving the store a bad check and agreed to take the sheriff to his home on Shady Road to get the coat.

As the two left the house the boy was able to conceal an ice pick under his arm. When they got into the car the sheriff saw the ice pick and, as he reached for his pistol, the suspect began to stab him. The gun was knocked onto the seat and the sheriff fell out of the car. The suspect picked up the gun and shot the sheriff several times. Thinking the sheriff was dead, he put him into the passenger seat and began to drive away. The sheriff, who was barely alive, tried to grab his gun back but the suspect shot him in the throat, killing him.

The suspect purposely crashed the patrol car into a tree and then returned home where he changed. He was arrested a short time later and confessed to the murder.

The 16-year-old boy was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair September 28th, 1954.

Sheriff Porter was survived by his wife and daughter.

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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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