“Though the job of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officer is very rewarding, it is inherently dangerous,” said Chairman Rodney Barreto, chairman of the FWC. “Last night, while in a remote area checking for poaching violations, one of our officers was shot repeatedly, and we are reminded just how dangerous law enforcement, particularly conservation law enforcement, is.”
These words come in the aftermath of the shooting involving FWC Officer Vann Streety, who was shot six times. Various law-enforcement agencies are searching for Christopher A. Eddy, DOB 05/13/86, of Rockledge, in connection with the shooting. Streety allegedly stopped Eddy at a popular fishing and poaching location in Brevard County. A struggle ensued, and Eddy reportedly shot the officer. Streety was attempting to arrest Eddy for several warrants on traffic violations.
The officer is undergoing surgery and the prognosis is guarded, but good. He is a 10-year FWC veteran.
“There is no other brotherhood like that which exists in the law enforcement community,” Barreto said. “We are very grateful for the quick and thorough response from our law enforcement partners in pursuing this matter and working to apprehend the perpetrator.”
The FWC, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service are involved in the search for Eddy.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Officer Streety, and he is in our thoughts and prayers,” Barreto said. “We are like family in the FWC, and we are all concerned and pulling for Vann.”
Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Eddy is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-800-423-TIPPS (8477).
This article originally published on July 19, 2009.
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