Deputy Sheriff Walter Fredrick Irey

Deputy Sheriff Walter Fredrick Irey

Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, July 6, 1976

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Walter Fredrick Irey

Deputy Walter Irey and Deputy William Williams were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call. As they walked to the front porch the suspect opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle, striking both officers before they had time to draw their weapons. The suspect then fired on the patrol car, wounding an off duty jailer who was riding along with the officers. The suspect fled the scene but was later apprehended and sentenced to life.

Deputy Irey had recently moved to the area and had been with the agency for only six months, but had served in law enforcement for 13 years prior and had previously served with the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, four sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Irey.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 4, 2019

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