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Sheriff David W. L. Mizell | Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sheriff

David W. L. Mizell

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, February 21, 1870

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/21/1870

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Mizell was shot and killed after being ambushed while trying to settle a dispute over the sale of several head of cattle. Sheriff Mizell set out with his son and another man to locate the suspects. As they were crossing a stream they were ambushed and Sheriff Mizell was mortally wounded. As he lay dying in his son's arms he asked that his death not be avenged.
Nevertheless, a posse was formed and captured the suspected triggerman. He was tied to a plowshare and tossed over the side of a boat. When he failed to sink the posse shot and killed him in a volley of rifle fire.

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Today, my wife and I visited his home at Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL. I heard the story of Sheriff Mizell for the first time from the docent who provided the house tour; however, she left out the rest of the story following his death. I'm glad justice was served. Sheriff Mizell now lies in peace among the beautiful botanical gardens - how fitting and well deserved - a little piece of heaven on earth.

Jim Krzenski, Lieutenant
U.S. Coast Guard
January 18, 2014

 

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