Sergeant Nicholas G. Sottile

Sergeant Nicholas G. Sottile

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Friday, January 12, 2007

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Nicholas G. Sottile

Sergeant Nicholas Sottile was shot and killed during a traffic stop on U.S. 27 north of Lake Placid, Florida.

During the stop one of the two occupants produced a handgun and shot Sergeant Sottile in the chest.

Despite being mortally wounded, Sergeant Sottile was able to notify dispatchers that he had been shot. He was transported to Florida Hospital Lake Placid where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.

Both assailants fled the scene but were arrested early the following morning following a massive manhunt. Sergeant Sottile's killer was sentenced to death.

Sergeant Sottile had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 24 years and was assigned to Troop F in Bradenton. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son. At the time of the incident, his son also served with the Florida Highway Patrol.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Nick even though I haven’t posted anything in the past not a year goes by with me not thinking of you as a wonderful classmate of the 68th Basic Recruit Academy but also as a loyal great friend and person. January 12th is a day that we will never forget our loss as our love and compassion lives on forever. I never travel US 27 without pulling over at the memorial and saying a prayer for you and your family. RIP Brother and I was most honored to have you as a friend. Respectfully Sam Gibbs, FHP Retired and Class President of the 68th Recruit Class

Sam Gibbs
FHP Retired

January 12, 2022

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