Deputy Sheriff Floyd Douglas Heist, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Floyd Douglas Heist, Sr.

Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 1980

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Floyd Douglas Heist, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Floyd Heist was shot and killed while attempting to negotiate with a suspect to release a hostage during an armed robbery.

He was the first officer on scene and entered the business before the armed robbery was confirmed. When the suspect saw him he took a hostage. While Deputy Heist attempted to negotiate the hostage's release the 21-year-old suspect suddenly shot him.

The 21-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced life. As of November 25, 2020, he was in prison.

Deputy Heist had served with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for 9-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 9 years, 7 months
  • Badge 119

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to live without parole

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Deputy Sheriff Heist,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Escambia County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 3, 2020

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