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Deputy Sheriff Edward Matthews | Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Florida Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Edward Matthews

Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, March 6, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Winchester

Offender: Lynched

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Deputy Sheriff Edward Matthews was shot and killed near Palmetto as he attempted to apprehend a murder suspect.

The man was wanted for killing his employer over a dispute about wages. Bloodhounds led Deputy Matthews and his posse to a home, which they were attempting to surround, when gunfire erupted from the windows. In an exchange of fire Deputy Matthews was killed instantly and two other deputies were seriously wounded. The suspect along with two other men fled from the house and escaped.

Later that night and the next day an angry mob of several hundred citizens tracked down and lynched all three suspects.

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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 27, 2016

 

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