Deputy is Shot Dead After Coming Out of Retirement to Afford Trips with His Granddaughter
A Florida sheriff's deputy was shot dead on Tuesday after coming out of retirement so he could earn money to take trips with his granddaughter to Disney World.
Okaloosa County Deputy Bill Myers, 64, was serving a domestic violence order when he was shot multiple times in the head and in the back, The Associated Press reported.
The 25-year veteran of the department had retired in 2013 but returned to the force in January, Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley said.
"He had an ability to make those around him smile, especially his young granddaughter who he adored and took to Disney World as often as he could," Ashley said at a press conference on Tuesday.
The sheriff added that he had spoken to Myers' wife and one of his sons.
"They are devastated," Ashley said.
The suspect, Joel Dixon Smith, 33, was being served a domestic violence restraining order intended to protect his wife on Tuesday, according to the AP.
Myers served the papers at Smith's attorney's office and they spoke about Smith surrendering his firearms, Ashley said.
Smith said he had guns in his truck but as they walked to the parking lot, Smith shot the deputy, authorities said.
The suspect fled in his vehicle to a nearby hotel, where he reportedly barricaded himself in the room until authorities fired tear gas to force him out.
Authorities say he came out firing and was shot and killed by deputies.
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