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Police Officer Daniel Matthew Starks | Fort Myers Police Department, Florida Fort Myers Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Daniel Matthew Starks

Fort Myers Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, October 25, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 2 months

Badge # 311

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 10/25/2003

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Sentenced to 21 years

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Officer Daniel Starks was killed in automobile accident while responding to backup officers who were involved in a high speed pursuit.

Officer Starks' patrol car collided with another police vehicle at the intersection of Oleander and DeSoto Avenues. Officer Starks was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

One of the two suspects involved in the pursuit was apprehended after their vehicle rammed a patrol car. On September 20, 2006, the suspect was sentenced to 21 years and 6 months in prison in connection with Officer Starks' murder.

Officer Starks had served as a sworn officer with the Fort Myers Police Department for only 2 months, and had served as an Explorer and Community Service Aide for the previous 5 years.

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Rest in peace and thank you for dignifying your position Officer Starks. Twenty-one years old, way too young with more to fulfill.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
November 9, 2014

 

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