GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Clay County detective shot and killed Thursday night is the first officer killed in the line of duty in almost 100 years.
Detective David White was killed by a suspect while investigating a possible meth lab, sheriff's office spokeswoman Mary Justino said.
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Sheriff Theodore Cherry was the last officer killed by a suspect in Clay County. It happened on July 6, 1913, when Sheriff Cherry was shot by a suspect during an interview.
Sheriff Charles Wilson was shot and killed by a suspect during an arrest attempt aboard a train in 1906. Sheriff Josephus Peeler died in 1894 after being shot while trying to break up an argument at the train station.
The last officer to die while serving was Sgt. Eddie Hayes, who diied in 2002 of a heart attack.
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