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Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Metroka | Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Michael J. Metroka

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, December 15, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 11/29/1997

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Charged with manslaughter

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Deputy Metroka was injured after being involved in a hit and run on November 29, 1997, and died of his injuries on December 15, 1997. Deputy Metroka and his canine partner were traveling westbound when another vehicle struck his patrol car. The suspect, a convicted felon, got out of his vehicle and approached the patrol car before fleeing the scene after removing a gun from his wrecked rental car.

K9 Woedon, Deputy Metroka's partner, exited the vehicle and chased the suspect before returning to stay with him until rescue crews arrived. The suspect was captured a short time later and has been charged with manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other charges.

Deputy Metroka had served with the agency for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, mother, and sister.

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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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