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Deputy Sheriff Donta J. Manuel | Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Donta J. Manuel

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 5213

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Deputy Sheriff Donta Manuel and Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Wallace were struck and killed by a patrol car while attempting to remove stop sticks from the roadway.

A stolen vehicle that was being pursued by other deputies had just passed over the stop sticks and the two deputies ran into the road to remove them. It is believed that, because of the darkness, the deputies did not observe how fast the pursuing units were following behind the suspect vehicle. One of the pursuing patrol cars struck both deputies, killing them. The driver of that patrol car was seriously injured and flown to a local hospital.

One of the suspects in the stolen car was apprehended a short time later.

Deputy Manuel had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Deputy Sheriff Jonathan D. Wallace
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Cause: Struck by vehicle

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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

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