12 years later, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office remembers deputies killed in line of duty

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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — It’s been 12 years since Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies Burt Lopez and Warren “Skip” York were shot and killed in the line of duty.

On April 25, 2009, the deputies were fatally wounded while attempting to arrest a man that had been involved in a domestic violence incident earlier that morning in Fort Walton Beach. 28-year old Joshua Cartwright, of Fort Walton Beach, shot and killed both Deputy Lopez and Deputy York at the Shoal River Gun Club shortly before 1 p.m. that day. Cartwright was later shot and killed by Walton County deputies after he shot at deputies following a pursuit in Walton County.

Recently, the widow Deputy York, Janel York, met a K9 named in honor of him.

“Please join us in remembering our fallen Deputies Burt Lopez and Skip York today as we reflect on their lives of service and their contributions to our community. They and their families are in our hearts and memories today, and every day.”

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

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