Deputy Sheriff Donta J. Manuel

Deputy Sheriff Donta J. Manuel

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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Donta J. Manuel

Deputy Sheriff Donta Manuel and Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Wallace were struck and killed by a patrol car while attempting to remove stop sticks from the roadway on State Road 715, near Lake Okeechobee.

A stolen vehicle that was being pursued by other deputies had just passed over the stop sticks and the two deputies ran into the road to remove them. It is believed that, because of the darkness, the deputies did not observe how fast the pursuing units were following behind the suspect vehicle. One of the pursuing patrol cars struck both deputies, killing them. The driver of that patrol car was seriously injured and flown to a local hospital.

One of the suspects in the stolen car was apprehended a short time later.

Deputy Manuel had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 5213

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

spike strips, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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Thank you for your service is not enough to say, but we are nevertheless thankful to Deputy Sheriff Donta Manuel. RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

July 30, 2022

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