Florida Wildlife Conservation officer Julian Keen Jr. was found fatally shot in Hendry County Sunday morning, shot and killed while off-duty trying to stop a hit-and-run driver.
The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the area of Apache Circle and Nobles Road in Labelle after reports that someone was shot. When deputies arrived, they found Keen dead.
From Twitter: “FHP Command Officers are praying and remembering our fallen but NEVER forgotten brother, FWC Officer Julian Keen, who was murdered last night while following his calling to protect and serve others. He was a genuine officer who would literally give his shirt off his back to ANYONE who needed it. Please pray for his family and law enforcement everywhere as we face these troubling times.
“John 15:13 – ‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.'”
Sumter County Sheriff’s Officer Tweeted: “We wish to offer our condolences to FWC, the family and friends of FWC Officer Julian Keen who lost his life last night. You have our deepest sympathies, prayers for you all.”
Keen, 30, grew up in LaBelle, Florida in Hendry County, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.
“FHP Command Officers are praying and remembering our fallen but NEVER forgotten brother, FWC Officer Julian Keen, who was murdered last night while following his calling to protect and serve others,” the Florida Highway Patrol Command Officers Association posted on Facebook. “He was a genuine officer who would literally give his shirt off his back to ANYONE who needed it.”
Friends have been flooding Facebook on Sunday with memories of Keen and messages of shock over his death, WINK reported:
“RIP to one of the good ones. A great one. Julian Keen was one of the best humans on the planet. Kind and funny. So generous and sweet. Always ready to help out. You are so loved, by so many. Our hearts are broken. Our thoughts are with your family.” Danika J. Forenear wrote.