Deputy Sheriff William J. Myers

Deputy Sheriff William J. Myers

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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William J. Myers

Deputy Sheriff Bill Myers was shot and killed while serving a domestic violence injunction at a local attorney's office on Plew Avenue, in Shalimar, at approximately 8:20 a.m.

He had served the papers on the subject and was leaving the office when the man opened fire from behind, striking him multiple times in the back and the back of the head.

The man fled to a local hotel, where he barricaded himself in a room for approximately 90 minutes. He was shot and killed by members of the agency's Special Response Team after exiting the room displaying a firearm.

Deputy Myers was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for a total of 26 years. He retired from the agency after serving 25 years and then returned as a part-time deputy in January 2015 to assist with serving civil papers. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and seven grandchildren.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 48 years
  • Badge 334
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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It's been 8yrs! It still feels like yesterday in so many ways and at the same time feels like a lifetime ago.
So much has changed in my life. I came across some Christmas videos from 2013 and couldn't help but cry all over again. So much you aren't here to physically enjoy. Kristen's wedding, Shaun's wedding, the birth of 2 more grandkids, Abby graduates high school this year!
Whoever said "time heals all wounds" had never lost the Love of their life.
Even after all this time, there are still people coming in the shop with a "Bill story ". Some are funny, most are about something very special you did in their lives that changed them in positive ways.
I'm not surprised, you certainly changed my life for the better. I still live one day at a time since I can't picture a future without you in it.
I am blessed and grateful to have such a wonderful angel watching over me.
I loved you then
I love you still
I always have
I always will
I so look forward to seeing you again when it's my turn to go Home.

Jan Myers
Surviving Spouse

April 10, 2024

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