GRITNEY, Fla. — One corrections officer was killed and another wounded yesterday in a gun battle with an ex-convict suspected of killing his parents, state officials said. The ex-convict also died.
Authorities had been searching for Wade Andrew Williams, 35, since his parents were found dead in their Florida home last week.
A hunter in the woods yesterday saw Williams and questioned him about what he was doing. Williams shot at the man, who took cover behind a tree and was hit by shrapnel, officials said. The hunter also told authorities he shot at Williams. The hunter was not badly hurt and was able to contact authorities, who sent about 40 officers to the scene.
K-9 units tracked Williams through a remote wooded area, where authorities believe he had been camping. Colonel Greg Malloy, who had been with department since 1988, died when he and other officers exchanged fire with Williams.