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Deputy Sheriff William J. Myers | Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

William J. Myers

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: 26 years

Badge # 336

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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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 am.

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 had served with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office for a total of 26 years. He had 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.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Bill was killed.

To the Myers family, fellow deputies, and all who call Bill beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Myers gave to his community and the citizens of Florida and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 22, 2015.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
June 25, 2016

 

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