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Special Agent William United States Department of Justice - Office of Inspector General, U.S. Government

Special Agent

William "Buddy" Sentner, III

United States Department of Justice - Office of Inspector General, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 188

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Florida

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Special Agent Buddy Sentner was shot and killed in the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution while serving arrest warrants on six federal corrections officers at approximately 7:45 am.

The officers were being charged with smuggling contraband to prisoners in exchange for money and sexual contact with female inmates.

As agents served the warrants in the lobby, one of the six corrections officers opened fire with a personal weapon he had smuggled into the prison. Agent Sentner was fatally wounded and a corrections lieutenant, who was assisting the agents serve the warrants and make the arrests, was also shot and wounded.

Agent Sentner returned fire while shielding the other agents in the room from the gunfire. Agent Sentner's return shots fatally wounding the assailant before Agent Sentner was fatally struck in the chest. The other five corrections officers were taken into custody.

Agent Sentner had served in law enforcement for 17 years. He was assigned to the Department of Justice - Office of Inspector General's Orlando Field Office. He had formerly served as a special agent with the United States Secret Service and as an officer with the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division. He is survived by his wife, parents, and siblings.

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Another year has passed and I want you to know that I still carry your memory with me. Whenever things get tough, I think of the courage you had to fight and save so many lives. You are my the standard of courage in my eyes. I was recently in Tallahassee and once again saw the site of your bravery. So many people walk by not knowing that a hero saved so many lives there. I want you to know that I will never take you for granted and never forget your sacrifice. I miss you Buddy....

Your friend,

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June 22, 2017


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