Special Agent William "Buddy" Sentner, III

Special Agent William "Buddy" Sentner, III

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

End of Watch Wednesday, June 21, 2006

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William "Buddy" Sentner, III

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.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 188

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Florida
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

warrant service

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I met Buddy in 2002 when he joined DOJ OIG. He bought me breakfast and helped me with some case work. In 2004 we attended FLETC’s Reactive Shooting Course together- which I believe, coupled with his bravery- allowed him to kill his assailant and save lives. Before his death, I had learned Buddy escaped the So California rat race and got a great position in Orlando. I had also been at a training course where the new hot shot at DOJ OIG, had come over from DEA and talked about doing a RICO case on Correctional Officers at Tallahassee FCI. I thought it sounded like a terrible plan but never did I think it would have such a tragic result. I think of you every day Buddy when I assign work and review operations plan. Your sacrifice was not in vain. I miss you my friend and I will never forget your sacrifice in what was an operation that was doomed due to horrible management, devoid of leadership.

Special Agent in Charge Paul Leonard
Former DOJ OIG colleague

June 22, 2022

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