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Deputy Sheriff Joseph Mallory Gassman | Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Joseph Mallory Gassman

Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, January 30, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Died in prison

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Deputy Joseph Gassman was stabbed to death while attempting to arrest a fugitive for aggravated assault.

When he informed the suspect that he was under arrest the man pulled out a concealed knife and stabbed him several times.

The man was strangled to death on February 28th, 2010, by another inmate while serving a life sentence at Zephyrhills Correctional Institution.

Deputy Gassman had been with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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All I have are stories. I was too young when you died to have my own memories of you. Not a day goes by that I don't wish that we all had had more time with you. Thank you for your love and sacrifices. Our family lost a huge part of our lives with your passing. I love you.

Lisa Gassman Staggers
November 25, 2017


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