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Deputy Sheriff Harry Jordan Dalton, Jr. | Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Harry Jordan Dalton, Jr.

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, March 25, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/10/1984

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 2000

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Deputy Harry Dalton died of injuries he received when he was shot at the Orange County Courthouse on January 10, 1984.

A suspect had gone to the courthouse with the intention of shooting a police officer who had given him a traffic ticket.

The suspect entered a courtroom and exchanged gunfire with Deputy Harry Dalton, mortally wounding him. He then shot and killed Deputy Arnold Wilkerson in the courtroom and shot at the judge, but missed.

After exiting the courtroom he exchanged shots with another deputy in hallway. Corrections Officer Mark Parker, who was unarmed, was caught in the crossfire while attempting to shield citizens in the hallway. He was left paralyzed from the chest down and required round-the-clock care for the remainder of his life, until succumbing to his wounds on March 19, 2009.

The suspect was convicted of murder and executed in June of 2000. Officer Parker attended the execution.

Deputy Dalton is survived by his wife, three sons, and three daughters.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Sheriff Arnold William Wilkerson
Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 10, 1984
Cause: Gunfire

Corrections Officer Mark Lindsey Parker
Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Cause: Gunfire

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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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