BREAKING: Arrest Made after Florida wildlife conservation officer shot and killed

Sunday, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission tweeted:

It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the tragic death of Officer Julian Keen. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.

IndyStar reports a Florida man was charged in the death of state wildlife conservation officer Julian Keen Jr., who was found fatally shot Sunday morning.

Eliceo Hernandez, 20, was arrested and charged with negligent homicide on Monday.

Investigators determined through interviews that Keen and another man had witnessed a reckless driver. Keen was following the driver and after Keen and Hernandez stopped, the off-duty wildlife officer confronted Hernandez and was later shot.

The shooting happened in the morning hours Sunday in Labelle, Florida.

When deputies arrived on scene they found Keen, 30, who served as an officer for the wildlife conservation since 2016 and was native to the Labelle area, fatally shot.

“Our hearts are aching today. He was a remarkable man because of the depths of his commitment to all around him,” said Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the investigation along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said there were three suspects taken into custody.

Hernandez remained in Hendry County Jail on $500,000 bond Monday afternoon.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of FWC Officer Keen,” Hendry County Sheriff Steven Whidden told Fox 5 Atlanta. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, members of FWC, friends and community.”

“We will do everything we can to bring about justice to those guilty in his shooting death.” Whidden added, “We all knew Officer Keen, and he wasn’t only our brother-but a role model for the community, he will be missed”.

A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said an investigation on the shooting was ongoing.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of FWC Officer Keen,” Hendry County Sheriff Steven Whidden told Fox 5 Atlanta. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, members of FWC, friends and community.”

“We will do everything we can to bring about justice to those guilty in his shooting death.” Whidden added, “We all knew Officer Keen, and he wasn’t only our brother-but a role model for the community, he will be missed”.

A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said an investigation on the shooting was ongoing.

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