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Officer Sam Edward Etheredge, Jr. | Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida


Sam Edward Etheredge, Jr.

Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, December 25, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer Sam Etheredge was shot and killed shortly after midnight on Christmas Day after responding to a hotel for reports of a man causing a disturbance.

When they made contact with the suspect in his room the man opened fire, striking Officer Etheredge in the stomach, and wounding the responding lieutenant; Officer Etheridge and the responding Lieutenant were able to return fire, killing the shooter.

Officer Etheredge was survived by his wife and children.

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Went to rookie school with Sam. Always in a good mood with a smile on his face. Think of him often, especially around Christmas. I am now retired after serving Volusia County for 30 years. RIP Sam.

Cpl. Randy Wilson
Volusia County Florida Sheriff's Office
April 26, 2016


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