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Deputy Sheriff Stephen Saboda | Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Florida Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Stephen Saboda

Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, November 6, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .223 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy Saboda was shot and killed by a man who had taken hostages at his home on Oak Park Drive in DeLand. Deputy Saboda was a member of the department's SWAT team that had responded to the call after the man inside the home had shot and wounded his girlfriend and another deputy. During the standoff the suspect was able to slip out of the house and hide in the backyard. Thinking the suspect was still in the house, the SWAT team attempted to introduce tear gas into the home.

Deputy Saboda was conducting the operation in the backyard when the suspect opened fire with a .223 caliber rifle. One of the rounds penetrated the rear of Deputy Saboda's vest, which was not rated for rifle rounds. The suspect continued to fire at officers for several more hours before committing suicide.

Deputy Saboda had been with the agency for six years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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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 20, 2016


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