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Corrections Officer, Double Homicide Suspect Die in Gun Battle

Corrections Officer, Double Homicide Suspect Die in Gun Battle

Associated Press

February 02, 2011

GRITNEY, Fla. (AP) — A corrections officer and an ex-convict wanted for killing his parents died in a gun battle Wednesday, state officials said.

The shootout happened after a homeowner confronted Wade Andrew Williams in the woods. Authorities had been searching for the 35-year-old since his parents were found dead in their home in the Florida Panhandle last week.

Williams tried to shoot the homeowner, but missed. He fled, setting off a massive manhunt.

K-9 units tracked Williams through a remote wooded area where authorities believe he had been camping. He shot and killed Col. Greg Malloy, a K-9 officer who had been with department since 1988, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.

Authorities said they believe that Williams killed his parents in Cottondale last week and then went to the Choctawhatchee River Management Area, where he burned his father’s truck and then camped in the area.

Authorities say they don’t know why Williams, who was released from the Tallahassee Work Release Center in August 2009, would have killed his parents. He was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of several burglary and grand theft charges in 2005 and 2006.

“The colonel and other officers put themselves in harm’s way to apprehend this dangerous suspect,” said Holmes County Sheriff Tim Brown in an e-mail statement. “My heart goes out to all his family, friends and fellow officers.”

It has already been a deadly year for law enforcement officers around the country, particularly in Florida, where two St. Petersburg police officers and two Miami-Dade County detectives died in two separate shootings last month.

Associated Press writers Kelli Kennedy and Lisa Orkin Emmanuel in Miami and Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    Straightshooter

    about 3 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Col. Greg Malloy. My Prayers for your Family,friends and coworkers

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    revCCBeasley

    about 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    My prayers to the family. RIP

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Col. Malloy. May God Bless your family and fellow officers

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    batman2944

    about 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Brother; and God Bless!

    "Stay in the Fight"

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    milcop

    about 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother

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    Straightshooter

    about 3 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest in Peace Col. Greg Malloy. My Prayers for your Family, friends and coworkers.

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    Sheepdog1

    about 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    uncledennis1

    about 3 years ago

    23138 Comments

    R.I.P. Brother

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    AKangel

    about 3 years ago

    4950 Comments

    Rest in peace Colonel Greg malloy, God speed Sir

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    RIP, Sir.

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    T_9

    about 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

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    CIVPOL

    about 3 years ago

    182 Comments

    Well imagine that!! ANOTHER CRIMINAL kills a LEO for NOTHING!! AND he was OUT OF JAIL AGAIN!! Sure will be GLAD WHEN these SCUMBAGS ARE TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS in jail!! MIGHT BE A DETERENT!!! In 30 years I MIGHT have seen ONLY TWO people that DIDN'T know what they were doing when they COMMITTED A CRIME!! I REALLY feel SORRY for you new LEOs that want to do the right thing and criminals cost MORE to kept in jail than YOU MAKE and are out after a GOOD ARREST!!! God BLESS the fallen officer and his family!!

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    bobska

    about 3 years ago

    660 Comments

    RIP Brother!!

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Col. Malloy. Our prayers are for your family, friends, and department. May Jesus wrap them all in His unending love as they pass thru this time of grief.

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    tactman702

    about 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother Mallory!

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