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DEPUTY'S DEATH

PIO Number: 02-12-31

DEPUTY’S DEATH: SELF-INFLICTED

BSO Case Number: BS02-12-07122

Victim(s): Shannon Sheppard, 39, female, 5541 Parade Place, Margate (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

Description of Incident:

The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a deputy sheriff who took her own life Monday evening at her home in Margate.

Margate Police and fire rescue personnel were called to the home of Deputy Shannon Sheppard, 39, shortly after 9 p.m. Arriving officers found Dep. Sheppard mortally injured with a single bullet wound to the head. Arriving paramedics pronounced her dead. Margate Police notified BSO and turned the case over to the BSO Homicide Unit. Homicide detectives determined the death was a suicide. The Broward Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to officially establish the cause of death.

Dep. Sheppard joined BSO in 1999 as part of the merger with Pompano Beach Police. She was hired as a Pompano officer in 1987. On road patrol for most of her 15-year career, Dep. Sheppard recently applied for a transfer to BSO’s Countywide Operations Division and was selected for the assignment a month ago.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

INVESTIGATORS: THIS REPORT BY:
Capt. L. deFuria, Sgt. R. O’Neil, Det. T. Duggan Jim Leljedal / PIO
Margate Police 12/17/02 1145

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