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Polk County Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: FL, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Sep. 28, 2006
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 39 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Polk County Sheriff's Office - FL
1891 Jim Keene Blvd  
Winter Haven, FL   33880   USA
(863)298-6200
County: Polk
Dept. Type: County/Corrections
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 3655
On The Job: 12 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: FL   USA   Thu. Sep. 28, 2006
Summary: Deputy Sheriff Matt Williams and his K9 partner, Diogi, were shot and killed while pursuing a suspect who had fled on foot during a traffic stop.

Another deputy had stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and the suspect fled on foot into an adjoining wooded area.

Deputy Williams and K9 Diogi arrived moments later and began searching for the suspect with the other deputy. The suspect opened fire on the deputies as they tracked him, shooting Deputy Williams eight times, killing him. K9 Diogi was also shot and killed. The other deputy was shot once in the leg and wounded. Deputy Williams was not wearing a vest.

Later in the day the killer emerged from the woods and fired at a Lakeland Police Department officer who was alerting residents to stay away from the area. The officer returned fire as the killer fled back into the woods.

The killer was located by SWAT team members the following day hiding underneath a fallen tree that had been covered by underbrush. The man was shot and killed by the officers when he failed to obey their commands and displayed a firearm.

Deputy Williams had served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 12 years and was assigned to the Northwest District K-9 Unit. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons and is buried in Auburndale Memorial Park, Auburndale, Florida.

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