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Monday, May 4, 2009

[FL] Suicidal retired firefighter Adkins, who deputies shot mistakenly, has died

...Initially, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office reported that Adkins had fired shots at deputies, but ballistics tests later revealed that he did not fire...

FORMER GOLDEN FIREFIGHTER DIES IN FLORIDA AFTER BEING SHOT BY DEPUTIES
The Denver Post
By Kieran Nicholson
05/01/2009
[Excerpts] A retired Golden firefighter who was shot by sheriff's deputies at his home in Florida died this morning as a result of his injuries. Dallas Adkins Jr., 59, was shot March 4 by Palm Beach County deputies after neighbors called 911 to report Adkins was armed and threatening suicide. Initially, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office reported that Adkins had fired shots at deputies, but ballistics tests later revealed that he did not fire... A former Coors Brewing Co. employee, Adkins received the Jack Harvey Award from the Golden Fire Department in 1999 to acknowledge his 10 years of community service... Adkins mother, V.J. Adkins, of Boise, Id., has been in Florida since the shooting visiting her son at the hospital daily to support and pray for him. Shortly after he died, V.J. Adkins went to her son's room to pay her "last respects" but police had the room cordoned off and wouldn't let her in... "They're calling it a crime scene and saying it is protocol," [Adkin's attorney David] Aronberg said. "She is completely distraught about the whole situation." Authorities initially charged Adkins with with two counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer with a weapon, but those charges were reduced to aggravated assault. Sheriff's office spokesman Deputy Eric Davis said this morning that the hospital room was sealed because Adkins "was still in our custody." Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or knicholson@denverpost.com. [LINK]

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