Florida Wildlife Conservation Officer Shot Dead, Three Suspects in Custody
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer was shot dead while off-duty on Sunday morning.
Early reports indicate that Julian Keen Jr, 30, had responded to the scene of a hit-and-run car crash while off duty in LaBelle, about 50 miles north of Cape Coral, Florida. While responding to the incident, Keen was shot dead under unclear circumstances.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is a law enforcement agency tasked with enforcing Florida’s rules and regulations regarding wildlife and state lands.
Three suspects have been arrested in Keen’s death, and are currently being questioned regarding what’s being investigated as a homicide by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Department.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of FWC Officer Keen,” said Hendry County Sheriff Steven Whidden. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, members of FWC, friends and community. We will do everything we can to bring about justice to those guilty in his shooting death. We all knew Officer Keen, and he wasn’t only our brother-but a role model for the community, he will be missed.”
The Ocesola Sheriff’s Department also confirmed the news of Keen’s death, paying tribute to the fallen officer.
Sheriff Russ Gibson & OCSO stand with the residents of the State of Florida as we mourn the loss of Officer Julian Keen from the Florida Fish and Wildlife, who lost his life early this morning in Southwest Florida while reportedly taking action off-duty on a hit and run crash. pic.twitter.com/ymEaYQuyNY
— Osceola County Sheriff's Office (@OsceolaSheriff) June 14, 2020
At least one account from an individual supposedly familiar with the situation describes Keen as trying to prevent a motorist responsible for a hit and run collision from fleeing the scene of the alleged crime.
As the cultural elite and rioting mobs incite hatred of law enforcement and racial frenzy, the rural Florida community Keen served is mourning the loss of one of its public servants.