Off-duty FWC Officer shot and killed

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Submitted photo: At the scene, HCSO deputies and FDLE officers held a moment of silence and prayer for fallen FWC Officer Julian Keen. 

LaBelle, FL- Sunday, June 14, 2020 near the Handy at Nobles Road and CR-78 deputies arrived on scene to find 30 year old, Julian Keen, Jr., Florida Wildlife Conservation (FWC)Officer, fatality shot.

Three suspects are in custody and are being questioned at this time. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation on this homicide. They are being assisted by FDLE.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of FWC Officer Keen.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, members of FWC, friends and community”, said Hendry County Sheriff Steven Whidden.  “We will do everything we can to bring about justice to those guilty in his shooting death”.  Sheriff Whidden continued, “we all knew Officer Keen, and he wasn’t only our brother-but a role model for the community, he will be missed”.

Julian Keen was well-known, respected, and loved throughout the community. Social media was flooded with posts mourning his passing, fond memories, and endless examples of his positivity and kindness. 

The Hendry County Sherif’s Office is asking anyone that has any information regarding this shooting, to contact their Major Crimes Unit at 863-674-0406.

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