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.

Bio

  • 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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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

April 11, 2019

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