Officer Sam Edward Etheredge, Jr.

Officer Sam Edward Etheredge, Jr.

Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1980

Sam Edward Etheredge, Jr.

Officer Sam Etheredge was shot and killed shortly after midnight on Christmas Day after responding to the Grandview Apartments at 141 S. Granview Avenue for reports of a man causing a disturbance.

When they made contact with the suspect in his room the man opened fire, striking Officer Etheredge in the torso, and wounding the responding lieutenant; Officer Etheridge and the responding Lieutenant were able to return fire, killing the shooter.

Officer Etheredge was the first Daytona Beach officer killed in the line of duty in 35 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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The Daytona Beach News Journal just did a wonderful story on you and the circumstances surrounding your end of watch. I'm glad I was able to read it and learn more about you. I've done some research on those whose watches have ended in Volusia County and your name is one of the ones that I've always remembered. Please continue watching over us down here that continue to fight the good fight.

Officer Robert J. Culver
Holly Hill Police Department, Volusia County, Florida

December 25, 2017

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