End of Watch

Deputy Sheriff Len Burt Adams

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, June 16, 1958

Deputy Adams was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. The shooting occurred when Deputy Adams and another deputy entered a home where a 25-year-old man was engaged in a heated argument with his girlfriend’s father. The man produced a gun and opened fire, killing Deputy Adams, seriously wounding the other deputy and the father, and slightly wounding the girlfriend’s mother. The gunman fled into a nearby wooded area and was apprehended a short time later.

On October 23, 1958, a jury found the suspect, who claimed self-defense, not guilty of all charges except one. He was found guilty of shooting the mother and sentenced to six months in jail.

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Published by Mike Simmons

I am a retired sergeant with the Pensacola Police Department. I currently work as a coordinator at the George Stone Criminal Justice Training Center. I am married to the former Jerri Crabtree. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren. I volunteer with a boys' mentoring program known as "Royal Rangers."

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