Deputy Sheriff Floyd Douglas Heist, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Floyd Douglas Heist, Sr.

Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 1980

Floyd Douglas Heist, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Floyd Heist was shot and killed while attempting to negotiate with a suspect to release a hostage during an armed robbery.

He was the first officer on scene and entered the business before the armed robbery was confirmed. When the suspect saw him he took a hostage. While Deputy Heist attempted to negotiate the hostage's release the suspect suddenly shot him.

Deputy Heist had served with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for 9-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 9 years, 7 months
  • Badge 119

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender sentenced to live without parole

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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

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Florida Sheriffs Association

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