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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, its been a while, right? i miss you alot. you always knew how to make us smile. I'm a senior in high school, and i am doing so well, i think you would be so proud of me. Dad misses you so much, i know he does i can see it when i look at him, we all miss you. i don't know where we go after we pass, but i hope i get to see you when i do. amber is doing so good and you would be so proud of Ryan. Jordan and Jamie to my knowledge are doing well too. i think about you all the time and talk about how brave and strong you were. Im writing my senior research paper on the death penalty, and my support for it. im writing it about you and how amazing you are and how if anyone could take someone like you away from the world then they don't deserve to be a part of this world. Heather has two babies now and Tiffani is in college. You have given all of us such beautiful memories, and i will cherish ever single one i have of you until my last days. I went to see you a couple months ago, someone keeps bringing mountain dew, it makes me smile. steven is engaged to a beautiful woman, i am sure you would love her, and ill bring a picture of you to the wedding if i can so you can be there. My class is about to be over so I have to go, but once again i love you and i promise to never forget you, forever your little niece,

Maria Koester
August 28, 2015


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