Deputy Sheriff Dave Ham

Deputy Sheriff Dave Ham

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, October 28, 1934

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Dave Ham

Deputy Sheriff Dave Ham was shot and killed while transporting prisoners to the Washington County Jail.

Deputy Ham and the sheriff were transporting three convicted bank robbers when one of them suddenly produced a gun and opened fire, fatally wounding him. Despite being wounded, Deputy Ham returned fire but the shot went wild and struck another prisoner.

The 19-year-old prisoner was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He was eventually released and died in 1972.

The sheriff grabbed the gun and subdued the prisoner. It was later discovered that the gun had been slipped to the prisoner just before the trip began.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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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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