Bio & Incident Details
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Weapon: Officer's handgun
Offender: Sentenced to life
Deputy James Hillberry was shot and killed after stopping a car for a traffic violation. The driver began to struggle with him and was able to gain control of his gun. The suspect shot him in the stomach, inflicting a fatal wound.
The suspect then turned the weapon on a reserve officer who was riding with Deputy Hillberry before fleeing the area. He was arrested a short time later in West Palm Beach. The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Deputy Hillberry was survived by his wife, three children and a brother.