Hendry County, FL – A Florida Wildlife Conservation officer was murdered while off-duty Sunday morning as he was trying to stop a hit-and-run driver.
The shooting occurred early Sunday morning in the area of Apache Circle and Nobles Road in Labelle, according to News-Press.
Hendry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a shooting and found 30-year-old Officer Julian Keen Jr. fatally shot.
Officer Keen was trying to stop a hit-and-run driver at the time he was shot, according to WEAR.
Deputies were able to take three suspects into custody.
More details are expected to be released Sunday.
“He was a genuine officer who would literally give his shirt off his back to ANYONE who needed it. Please pray for his family and law enforcement everywhere as we face these troubling times,” Florida Highway Patrol Command Officers Association posted to Facebook.
Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the family and friends of FWC OFC Julian Keen. OFC Keen was murdered this morning in Labelle while reportedly taking action while off-duty on a hit and run traffic crash. Even while off-duty he was still trying to help! pic.twitter.com/LPItrcwZbP— Cape Coral Police FOP Lodge 33 (@CapeFop) June 14, 2020
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 Sheriff (@OsceolaSheriff) June 14, 2020
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