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Man Arrested In Death Of Off-Duty Florida Wildlife Officer

Eliceo Hernandez mugshot
Eliceo Hernandez, 20, was charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Florida wildlife officer Julian Keen Jr.

Authorities say a Florida man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Florida wildlife officer.

The Hendry County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Eliceo Hernandez, of LaBelle, was arrested Monday and charged with manslaughter.

Deputies responded to reports of a shooting early Sunday morning in a LaBelle neighborhood and found Julian Keen Jr. fatally shot.

Investigators say they were able to determine through interviews that Keen and another man had witnessed a reckless driver, and Keen followed the driver in his truck.

After both Keen and Hernandez stopped, officials say Keen confronted Hernandez and was later shot.

Julian Keen Jr.
Credit Florida Highway Patrol Command Officers Association (Facebook)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Julian Keen Jr. was found fatally shot early Sunday in rural Hendry County.

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