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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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    boritico

    over 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    ematt96

    over 3 years ago

    56 Comments

    RIP BROTHER

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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    2994 Comments

    RIP

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    garmart

    over 3 years ago

    248 Comments

    My condolences go out to the family and the department. Rest in peace.

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    vap3240

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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    K_LAZO

    over 3 years ago

    62 Comments

    R.I.P

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    thors45

    over 3 years ago

    400 Comments

    Another mighty oak felled by the edge of evil. My sincerest condolences to his family, colleagues & community.

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    bsibley

    over 3 years ago

    620 Comments

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

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    securetexas

    over 3 years ago

    1038 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Brother... We have the watch now.

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    WACollector

    over 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    2386

    over 3 years ago

    250 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    captainbud

    over 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    Rest in peace, my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

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    FBD183

    over 3 years ago

    728 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother

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    djlojak

    over 3 years ago

    200 Comments

    And our new Governor here in Florida is trying to take away our pension system , saying its too expensive? Four dead cops in a month in florida, Mr. Governor we will ride you outta town!

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    T_Wood

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    The word of your murder made our hearts fall here at Okaloosa CI. Greg Malloy was just an awesome person. My memories of you are joyful and full of laughter. As my Lt. you had a way of correcting something that I have did wrong, by turing it into a pep-talk. You would adjust your hat, shake your head, adjust your hat again... and then start talking. If I needed help with a decision, you would say "What do you want to do?" I would tell him and then he would say "Well then that's what we are going to go do." He would never let you fall by yourself. He always had your back. He would never let you down. You touched the lives and hearts of many people. A Hero until the end. I just hate that the end came so early.

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