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Deputy Sheriff John Henry Wiggins | DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

John Henry Wiggins

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, November 25, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Sheriff John Wiggins was shot and killed while searching for a man who had just committed a murder in Wauchula.

He had been notified of the murder, that occurred near the Petiwate Turpentine Still, and positioned himself at a bridge on the roadway leading from the facility. The murder suspect approached the bridge a short time later. As Deputy Wiggins ordered him to stop the man opened fire, striking Deputy Wiggins in the face.

Deputy Wiggins was taken to Tampa for treatment but died near Lakeland before arriving at the hospital.

The subject who murdered him was arrested and charged with his murder. The conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court. He was then tried for the original murder, sentenced to death, and subsequently executed by hanging on August 16th, 1918.

Deputy Wiggins was one one of three triplets, and was survived by his sister and brother.

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Rest in Peace My Brother.
We lost you so many years ago, but if we keep you in our hearts, you will never be forgotten.
I never got a chance to work with you, as you were taken from us so long ago.
But, you can rest knowing we are still keeping Desoto safe.
Rest in Peace my Brother.
We will walk the beat here, as we know you are walking the Golden Streets.
Rest In Peace My Brother.
We will never forget you.

Deputy Cliff Brown
DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
May 22, 2017


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