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Constable Wayne Coram | Bay County Constable's Office, Florida Bay County Constable's Office, Florida

Constable

Wayne Coram

Bay County Constable's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, October 6, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Constable Wayne Coram was shot and killed after arresting two brothers in the West Bay area of the county.

He had encountered the two in an area of West Bay known as the "Y" and placed them under arrest for being drunk. He searched one of the men but not the second man. As he drove them to jail the subject he didn't search, who was a former police officer, drew a concealed weapon and instructed Constable Coram to drive them back to their car.

As they arrived back at the car Constable Coram assisted to wave down another motorist and asked him to go for help. He then jumped from the car and exchanged shots with the subject. After being struck by one of the rounds, the second brother took Constable Coram's gun and shot him a second time.

Both men were arrested following a 20-mile pursuit. They were both convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Constable Coram was the elected constable for the Beaches and West Bay area of the county. He was survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter, 10 grandchildren, and his sister.

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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 27, 2016

 

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