Deputy Sheriff Lonnie C. Coburn

Deputy Sheriff Lonnie C. Coburn

Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, February 21, 1978

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Lonnie C. Coburn

Deputy Lonnie Coburn was shot and killed when he confronted two suspects wanted in the connection of the rape and murder of a young woman.

The two attacked him, gained control of his service weapon, and shot him twice. Both suspects were eventually apprehended, convicted of both murders, and sentenced to death. One suspect later had his sentence commuted to life.

A portion of State Road 50 near the scene of his murder was dedicated in his memory.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 16

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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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 Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

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