Sergeant James A. Hunt, III

Sergeant James A. Hunt, III

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Friday, February 26, 1993

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James A. Hunt, III

Sergeant James Hunt was shot and killed while attempting to stop an ATM robbery near 6169 Jog Road in Lantana.

While Sergeant Hunt was searching for one of the suspects, the other pulled out a handgun and shot him in the face twice, killing him instantly.

The suspect then tried to commit suicide but survived. He was found guilty of Sergeant Hunt's murder and sentenced to death. However, in June 1998, the Florida Supreme Court commuted the death sentence to life in prison because the murder was not premeditated.

Sergeant Hunt had served with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for 13 years and had previously served with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Bio

  • Age 41
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery

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Dear Rocky:
Once again I write to you to honor your sacrifice and that of your family. 29 years later, it's still as fresh as if it just happened. My Dad once told me, "Above all else, honor". And so you have it. Nothing has changed since you've been gone, law enforcement officers are still being slaughtered as before, only now, finally, almost on a weekly basis. yet our sacred blue line has held, and always will.

Rest in peace Rocky. God bless.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, (Retired)
Lake Mary Police, (Fl); Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

February 26, 2022

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