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 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 is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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Dear Rocky:

It’s been 25 years now since that awful night. And still, the hurt and sorrow remain. Many years ago, a group of men had an idea to forge a nation free from fear and tyranny, free to live life as one desired. And 242 years later, those same ideas have been a reality and a nation flourished. But that nation did not flourish without extreme sacrifice and devotion. Our military has buried their dead on every corner of the globe protecting those ideas and way of life. But regrettably, we bury our law enforcement officers in every state, who made the same supreme sacrifice to ensure and enhance the same ideas..for Americans to live free from fear, want, tyranny, evil and mayhem, with HONOR.

And you kept our sacred oath, Rocky, to “Protect and Serve”, with honor. Yes you answered the cry of the wolf at the door, while the citizens of Palm Beach County rested safely in their homes. With honor. And you paid the ultimate price for that. With honor. I recall August 8, 1980, when I graduated the Police Academy, my late Dad hugged me after I was sworn in, and gave these words to me, “Above all else, honor”. I lived my entire 35-year career by those words, and I give them to you because you epitomize the definition of honor. And it was my honor to know you, work with you, laugh with you.

This is a sacred site, so I will not tarnish it with any other mention of that bastard, Nicholas Hardy, other than this; rot in prison.

But Judy and the boys also have had to, and continue to make sacrifices as well. All the families of our fallen comrades pay a never-ending price. The empty seat at the table, the deafening silence, the missed family milestones, birthdays, marriages, births. May Almighty God always keep them close to His heart and continue to ease their pain and sorrow.

Rocky, as you patrol the streets of Heaven, look down on us from time to time. I know when you arrived at the Gates of Heaven, our Heavenly Father said to you, “Welcome Home, Rocky.” Rest in peace, my brother. The Thin Blue Line has held, we have the watch, May Almighty God bless you, our law enforcement officers, and God bless your family as well.

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

February 25, 2018

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