Fla. deputy, K-9 shot and killed

Officer Down: Matt Williams - [Polk County, Florida]


Biographical Info

Age: 39

Additional Info: Deputy Matt Williams had served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Williams was shot and killed while chasing after a suspect.

Date of Incident: September 28, 2006


Fla. deputy, K-9 shot and killed


LAKELAND - An intense manhunt is now underway in the northwest Lakeland area after two Polk County deputies were shot, one fatally.

Deputy Vernon 'Matt' Williams, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff's office K-9 division, died after being shot by an unidentified suspect near the intersection of Wabash Avenue and 10th Street.

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the incident started at 11:45 a.m. with radar-initiated speeding stop on Wabash Avenue.  The driver produced a false ID, and when confronted with the possibility of arrest, took off into the nearby woods.  ...

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