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Deputy Sheriff Richard Keith Eva | Lee County Sheriff's Office, Florida Lee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Richard Keith Eva

Lee County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, February 12, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Eva was shot and killed after stopping an escapee. He had conducted a traffic stop on a suspected stolen vehicle and recognized the driver as the escaped prisoner. After placing the suspect under arrest, the prisoner began to resist and during the scuffle managed to get Deputy Eva's weapon and fatally shot him. The suspect fled the scene, but was later apprehended.


Deputy Eva had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and two children.

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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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