Deputy Sheriff William Jackson Gentry, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff William Jackson Gentry, Jr.

Highlands County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, May 7, 2018

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William Jackson Gentry, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff William Gentry succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night while responding to an animal abuse call at a home in the 200 block of Baltimore Way in which a homeowner's cat had been fatally shot with a pellet gun.

He and a deputy he was training had responded to the victim's home. During the investigation Deputy Gentry went to the suspect's home, a convicted felon who lived next door, to make contact with him. As he stood at the front door the suspect opened fire on him, shooting him in the head.

The 69-year-old subject was taken into custody at the scene and charged with numerous counts.

Deputy Gentry was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wound the following day.

Deputy Gentry had served with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by a brother, who also serves with the agency.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 2247

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender In custody

animal abuse, convicted felon

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Susan and Jack, I think about William every day. I think about the 4 wheelers, the pools, the forts...
It was really the perfect childhood for our boys. My heart aches for your family.

Catherine Witt
An old friend and neighbor

May 30, 2021

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