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Investigator Steven Paul Bolyard | Florida State Attorney's Office - 1st Judicial Circuit, Florida Florida State Attorney's Office - 1st Judicial Circuit, Florida

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Steven Paul Bolyard

Florida State Attorney's Office - 1st Judicial Circuit, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, June 18, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Investigator Bolyard was shot and killed by a murder suspect he had previously arrested. The suspect had been released from jail after claiming he could assist the local sheriff's office with narcotics investigations.

While the man was out of jail, Investigator Bolyard was investigating witness-tampering of an auto theft case that involved the murder suspect. As he interviewed the victim at the man's home the suspect showed up and started to beat on the front door. Investigator Bolyard called the sheriff's office for backup and as he waited for the units to arrive the suspect went to the rear of the home and opened fire through a window, striking him in the head twice.

Despite suffering serious wounds, he retreated from the house but was shot again in the back. He was able to make it to a neighbor's home where he died before medical assistance could arrive.

The suspect was convicted of Investigator Bolyard's murder and sentenced to two life terms in prison.

Investigator Bolyard had served with the agency for 15 years. He was survived by his child, parents, and three brothers.

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Hey, Steve!
You are eating Aunt Vi's sheet cake, your mom's catfish, and Uncle Bob's peanut brittle. Don't eat anything your Auntie Ruth bakes. Or cooks. Or reheats. Just saying.
I got a message from your mom several years ago. Please thank her for me. It did turn out just fine.

When I think about family times - the good ones - you are so often in the picture.

Second Cousin Showey (Sootie)
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February 9, 2016

 

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