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Deputy Sheriff William David Hoyt | Lake County Sheriff's Office, California Lake County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

William David Hoyt

Lake County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 11, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 29 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years to life

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Deputy Hoyt was shot and killed in the County Courthouse when three prisoners being led to a courtroom attempted to escape. The three, who were manacled to each other, attacked another deputy, grabbed his gun and opened fire. Deputy Hoyt, who was not armed, was shot in the chest. Before he collapsed he managed to stagger to a counter where he obtained a gun kept below it, and returned fire, wounding one of the prisoners. Other officers who heard the shots subdued the prisoners.

The three were to have been arraigned on charges stemming from an earlier escape from a nearby prison farm. Eleven days later one of the prisoners hanged himself in his cell at San Quentin Prison. It was later determined that one of the other prisoners shot Deputy Hoyt. Both were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 years to life July 10, 1969.

Deputy Hoyt had been with the Lake County Sheriff's Department for two years. He had retired from the Berkeley Police Department after 27 years of service.

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Deputy Hoyt, as we grudgingly add another "Man Down" to join you, Deputy Helbush, and Sheriff Kemp, we are again awed and grateful that you choose to protect and serve our community. Your deaths while on duty are a testament to the love and respect of your fellow neighbors and the ever dangerous job you selflessly choose to do in defense of us. We stand as one to honor and mourn you, and the passing of our beloved Deputy Robert Rumfelt who now joins you.
Lorie Darvishian, Lake County, CA, 08/23/2017

Lorie Darvishian
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August 23, 2017

 

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