Off-duty FWC wildlife officer fatally shot in Hendry County

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife officer was fatally shot while off-duty early Sunday morning, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies reported someone was shot in the area of Apache Circle and Nobles Road.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they said they found Officer Julian Keen Jr., 30, fatally shot.

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Investigators said they have three suspects in custody.

“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. We all knew Officer Keen, and he wasn’t only our brother in blue -- but a role model for the community, he will be missed."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 863-674-0406.

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.