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  • Our Fallen

    Sergeant Mike Wilson was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at an apartment complex on Veterans Boulevard in Port Charlotte. The call involved a man in a physical fight with his wife and son. As Sergeant Wilson walked up to the stairs to the apartment the male subject emerged and opened fire from the second floor landing, striking Sergeant Wilson in the chest above his vest. The subject then committed suicide.

    Sergeant Wilson had served with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

    Officer Darla Lathrem was killed as she supervised five inmates on a construction detail inside the Charlotte Correctional Institution. She was assaulted by three of the inmates as they made an attempt to escape. The inmates were assisting with the building of a new dormitory for the maximum security prison and had access to tools such as hammers and screwdrivers; they attacker her with a five pound sledge hammer.

    Two of the inmates were attacked by the other three when they refused to participate in the escape attempt. One of the victim inmates died as a result of his injuries. Two of the escaping inmates were captured between the facility and the inner perimeter fence. The third was caught between the inner and outer perimeter fences. The inmate that killed Officer Lathrem was sentenced to death on March 31st, 2006. The inmate 'mastermind' of the escape was convicted of her murder on June 23rd, 2006 and sentenced to death on August 18th, 2006. The third inmate had agreed to cooperate in exchange for a life sentence, but the judge rejected his guilty plea because of concerns about his mental competence.

    Officer Lathrem's death was the first corrections officer fatality at the facility. Additionally, she was the first female corrections officer to be killed in the line of duty in Florida. She had been with the Florida Department of Corrections for one year.

    Deputy Curtis Moore was killed in a motorcycle accident.

    The deputy had just completed his shift and was driving his police motorcycle home when a car pulled out in front of him. A collision then occurred.
    Deputy Moore is survived by his wife.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    Assistant Chief Richard Beecher was killed while searching for an escaped murderer.

    While conducting a search, Chief Beecher flagged down a truck and stepped up on the running board to speak to the driver. After questioning the driver, he stepped down off the running board and was struck by a passing motorist. Chief Beecher was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries a few hours later.                                                                                                                                          



    City Marshal John Bowman was assassinated by a suspect that fired a shotgun through the front window of Marshal Bowman’s residence. He was shot as an act of revenge for his tough stance against drinking and gambling. The murder took place in front of his wife and four children. The suspect was arrested and sentenced to death but the sentence was later commuted to life.

    Marshal Bowman had been with the agency for 7 years and was survived by his wife and four children.

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