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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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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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