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

Sheriff

David William L. Mizell

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, February 21, 1870

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff David 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.

Sheriff Mizell had previously served with the confederate army during the Civil War and was survived by his wife and five children. He is buried in the Mizell Family Graveyard in Orlando, Florida.

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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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