Deputy Sheriff Amedicus Q. Howell, III

Deputy Sheriff Amedicus Q. Howell, III

Collier County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, March 29, 1983

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Amedicus Q. Howell, III

Deputy Howell was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit of five suspects wanted for robbing a convenience store. The chase ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked bus. As Deputy Howell exited his patrol car he was shot by a round one time above his vest. Other officers arriving on the scene arrested all five suspects.

In exchange for their testimony, the two youngest suspects, both 17, pleaded no contest to second degree murder and were sentenced to 12 years in prison. Two others were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. One was denied parole in 2008 but has another parole hearing in June of 2013. The fifth suspect, age 28 and the triggerman, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. As of November 26, 2020, he was in prison.

Deputy Howell had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 0141

Incident Details

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

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Thoughts and prayers remain with Deputy Howell's family and loved ones, as well at the great members of the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Howell deliberately put himself in harms way to protect the citizens of Collier County and throughout Florida. Amedicus and his family's selfless sacrifice is and will not be forgotten.

Gary L. Howze, Director
Florida Office of the Attorney General

March 28, 2021

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