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Deputy Sheriff Warren Keith Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Warren Keith "Skip" York

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 260

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Skip York and Deputy Burt Lopez were shot and killed while attempting arrest a domestic violence suspect.

The deputies were following up on a domestic assault report they had taken hours earlier, and located the suspect at a gun club in Crestview. The suspect was in the parking lot standing next to his truck. Deputy Lopez and Deputy York approached the suspect, had a brief conversation with him, and then informed him he was going to be arrested. As the deputies moved to handcuff the him, he became uncooperative and began to resist arrest. Deputy York fired his Taser (conducted energy device) and hit the suspect. The suspect dropped to the ground during the five-second jolt of electricity. When the Taser cycle ended, the suspect immediately drew a concealed handgun and opened fire. Deputy Lopez was able to radio for assistance while he and Deputy York engaged the suspect in a gun battle.

During the exchange of gunfire, Deputy Lopez was mortally wounded. The suspect then climbed in his truck to escape. Deputy York pulled the passenger-side door open and jumped inside in an effort to pull the suspect from the vehicle, but was shot and mortally wounded.

The suspect fled the scene and opened fire at deputies from the Walton County Sheriff's Department during a vehicle pursuit. The suspect's vehicle was rammed by deputies, causing it to flip over near the intersection of U.S. Highway 331 and U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs. The suspect exited the truck, and opened fire at the deputies, who returned fire, killing the suspect.

Deputies York and Lopez were airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. They succumbed to their injuries later in the day.

Deputy York had served with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife and children. He was a United States Air Force Master Sergeant and served in the Persian Gulf War. He is buried in Barrancus National Cemetery, section A-20, row A, site 21, Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida.

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Deputy Sheriff Burton "Burt" Lopez
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Saturday, April 25, 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

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