FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Legally Defensible Training Records

Ask The Expert

Ari Vidali

CEO and Founder of Envisage Technologies

Criminal Justice Degrees - Columbia Southern University
Let Columbia Southern University help you change your community with an MBA in...

Top News

Former Pro Athlete Dies After Agility Test at Florida Sheriff's Office

December 20, 2015  | 

Dondre Williams, a former professional basketball player in Europe, died last week after taking the agility test to become a Marion County, FL, Sheriff's deputy. (Photo: Facebook)
Dondre Williams, a former professional basketball player in Europe, died last week after taking the agility test to become a Marion County, FL, Sheriff's deputy. (Photo: Facebook)

A 37-year-old former athlete and coach hoping to become a Marion County, FL, sheriff's deputy fell ill after an agility test Tuesday and died Wednesday night at an Ocala hospital.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Ryan Robbins told the Ocala Star Banner Thursday that Dondre Williams, of Green Cove Springs, died at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Authorities did not release a cause of death.

On Tuesday, Williams had just passed the agency's physical agility test — one of the requirements an applicant must successfully complete before becoming a deputy — when he asked for help. Officials said he was rushed to the hospital.

The course Williams completed entails running a mile in 10 minutes; performing 25 push-ups in a minute and 25 sit-ups in a minute; and running 300 meters in 1 minute and 10 seconds. There are breaks between each station. A candidate should complete the tasks in about 30 minutes, according to sheriff's officials.

According to his Marion County Sheriff's Office job application, Williams, who was married, was a member of multiple juvenile justice programs and had led community outreach efforts.

Williams graduated from high school in Jacksonville and attended West Virginia State University, where he graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He played basketball there, and, after graduation, played professionally in Europe.

From 2008-10, Williams was a strength coach at the University of Florida, according to his paperwork.

Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

Adrian Marks @ 12/23/2015 2:53 PM

So sad. Any word on what was the cause of death?

Percy @ 12/29/2015 2:08 PM

@ Adrian Marks

"So sad. Any word on what was the cause of death?"

He was a black man in a Florida in a the care of deputies.
Probably said "I can't breathe". Definately a death sentence
when in the company of police, if you are black.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Dallas Police Chief: "You Should be Very Concerned" About Shrinking Force
Pughes told the City Council's public safety committee that the department is down to a...
AZ Agencies Struggle to Fill Officer Ranks
"We are facing trying times, we are depleted of resources," said Maricopa County Sheriff...
Inspirational Keynote by CA Deputy Police Chief to Open National School Safety Conference
Long Beach, CA, Deputy Police Chief Michael Beckman will open the July National...
Columbia Southern University Scholarship to Help Illinois Mom Bring Out Best in Others
Chacon of Dixon, IL, was recently awarded a Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship from Columbia...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine