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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

Investigator

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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Steve, I remember working with you many years ago when you were with the PPD. I was working in CSI one night when you said you were going to get something to eat from Jerry's at Perry Ave. and Cervantes. You asked if there was anything I wanted and I just asked you to get me what you were getting.

I was busy doing something that had my attention when you returned. You handed me my "to-go" order and I started munching down not knowing what I was eating. I admitted that what I was eating was good. Asking what I was eating, you told me I was eating fried chicken gizzards. You rat! :--) I miss you, respect you and have never eaten another fried chicken gizzard in my life.

It's hard to believe so many years have passed, 27 at the time I type this. I guess you can never forget one of the good guys.

Steve Flanigan
Ex Federal BOP LEO
June 12, 2017

 

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