Florida sheriff’s office deputy killed in off-duty ‘incident’


PALM BAY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed while off-duty Saturday morning.

In a Facebook post , the sheriff’s office said 23-year-old Austin Walsh was killed ‘accidentally’ in an incident that happened in Palm Bay. They did not share any details about the incident or Walsh’s death.

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NBC affiliate WESH reported Walsh suffered a gunshot wound .

Deputies said the Palm Bay Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating the incident.

Deputy Walsh joined the sheriff’s office at age 18, after spending several years in the Explorers youth program.

“At this time, we ask that you keep Austin, his family, our agency, and our entire community in your thoughts and prayers as we collectively face the most difficult of times,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey wrote.

The sheriff’s office said more details about the deputy’s death will be released.

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Michael Duprey

we are in a very sad State of Affairs in this country. I have been rude to a lot of police officers that I have encountered here in Indian River County. but it is very sad to lose such a young man that just wants to Serve and Protect the people of our communities! I believe that a lot of our young law enforcement officers have decided to take the path to serve because of what they have seen going on in our communities today! it is very distressing to most people for such a young man that wanted to be a law enforcement officer lose his life. that is really very sad!


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