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Deputy Wayne J. Koester | Lake County Sheriff's Office, Florida Lake County Sheriff's Office, Florida


Wayne J. Koester

Lake County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 1426

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy Wayne Koester and two other deputies were shot while responding to a domestic violence call at a home in Ocala National Forest.

The three deputies had made contact with the female subject at a neighbor's home. The deputies searched for the male subject at the couple's home but did not locate him. As they returned the female subject to the home, the suspect ambushed them from the woods with a shotgun loaded with slugs. He exchanged shots with the deputies, wounding all three. Deputy Koester was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect fled the scene on a motorcycle, but was apprehended later in the day following a massive manhunt and a second shootout. When the suspect was apprehended, it was discovered that he suffered gunshot wounds from one of the shootouts. He was convicted of first degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, and sentenced to death.

Deputy Koester had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Office for only 9 months and had previously served with the Umatilla Police Department for 8 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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Hi uncle Wayne,
I don't think I ever wrote anything for you. I miss you. I remember the day I found out like it was yesterday. You made everyone's lives so amazing. You were so strong. I'm in high school now. I'm almost 15. Sometimes I pray to god and give him messages for you. I was so little when god decided to take you into his arms. You made aunt Ashley so happy, don't worry , he's making sure she's taken care of. Jordan has grown ups so much. She's dating! I bet you would clean your gun In front the guy. Hahaha. She's so beautiful. So is Jamie. Amber is good. Your grandson is getting so big . Ryan is coming back soon . He's gonna come see you. My dad is good. He misses you. I ask him about you alot. It makes me happy hearing about you. I'm a honor student. I hope I make you proud uncle Wayne. I Love you and miss you.

Maria Katherine
May 31, 2013


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