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Florida Deputy Killed After Serving Papers, Suspect Dead

September 22, 2015  | 

Okaloosa County, Fla., Sheriff Larry Ashley has confirmed that veteran deputy Bill Myers has died from injuries in a morning shooting after serving papers to the suspect, who is also dead, reports WJHG.

Investigators say Myers, 64, had just finished serving a domestic violence injunction to 33-year-old Joel Dixon Smith at a law firm in Shalimar around 8:20 a.m. Deputy Myers was walking outside when he was shot multiple times in the back, including a gunshot wound to the rear of his head.

Investigators say Smith, the suspect in the shooting, then drove to a Comfort Inn and Suites in Niceville where he barricaded himself inside a room.

After an hour and a half of negotiations, the suspect came out of his room with a weapon at 11:13 a.m. Deputies responded and the suspect was struck and taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center where he later died. No members of the SRT Unit were injured.

Myers was a 25-year veteran of OCSO who had retired in 2013 then rejoined the force in January 2015 to work part-time. According to the Pensacola News-Journal, he is survived by his wife, three sons, and a granddaughter. 


Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 9/22/2015 9:48 PM

OCSO uses retired Deputies as process servers. These are very experienced veterans. My condolences to Deputy Myers' family. The "arrest" of the suspect is typical in this area if you mess with Law Enforcement.

Fed Cop 1 @ 9/23/2015 6:11 AM

I knew Deputy Bill Myers. He was a great person and a great Deputy. Rest in Peace my Brother

kevCopAz @ 9/23/2015 7:55 AM

Sad, sad incident. Why someone would go off the deep end over DV papers has always been beyond me. Once again shows that Orders of Protection actually protect nobody. Im in the exact same situation as Dep. Myers, retired from PD and serving papers for my County (as is my brother), sobering story for me personally. Rest in peace brother Myers, go to hell Mr Smith, you back shooting cowerd.

Richard @ 9/23/2015 4:22 PM

I've known Dep Myes for many years, he was a super person and great Deputy. He will be missed by all. RIP Brother

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