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Corrections Officer Mark Lindsey Parker | Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Corrections Officer

Mark Lindsey Parker

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/10/1984

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 2000

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Corrections Officer Mark Parker succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on January 10, 1984, in the Orange County Courthouse.

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. Officer 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.

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

Officer Parker had served with the Orange County Department of Corrections for only one year, and was 19 years old at the time of the shooting. He was later made an honorary deputy.

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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

Deputy Sheriff Harry Jordan Dalton, Jr.
Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Monday, March 25, 1991
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, Florida Sheriffs Ass
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 7, 2016


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