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Deputy Sheriff Donald Lee Schavolt | Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Donald Lee Schavolt

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, March 31, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 3721

Cause: Heart attack

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Deputy Donald Schavolt suffered a fatal heart attack after being kicked in the chest by a juvenile suspect during an arrest attempt.

He and three other deputies had responded to a noise complaint and found the suspect lying in the street when they arrived. The suspect violently resisted arrest and it took four deputies to restrain him.

Deputy Schavolt transported the suspect to a local medical center where he again resisted. Later, Deputy Schavolt went and sat down inside at the hospital and then collapsed. The suspect was charged as a juvenile with second degree murder, and resisting arrest with violence as a result of Deputy Schavolt's death.

A autopsy determined that Deputy Schavolt's heart attack did not directly result from being kicked in the chest. The suspect's charges were reduced to felony battery, resisting arrest, and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

Deputy Schavolt is survived by his wife and four 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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