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Public invited to add to memorial for Sumter County deputy Cpl. Andrew Gillette

BY KAYLA GREEN
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 2/27/20

The patrol vehicle of the Sumter County deputy who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday has been parked in front of the sheriff’s office to serve as a memorial.

Members of the public are …

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Public invited to add to memorial for Sumter County deputy Cpl. Andrew Gillette

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The patrol vehicle of the Sumter County deputy who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday has been parked in front of the sheriff’s office to serve as a memorial.

Members of the public are invited to pay their respects by leaving gifts in Cpl. Andrew Gillette’s honor. The sheriff’s office is located at 1281 N. Main St. in Sumter.

Gillette was serving an eviction notice with two other deputies on Tuesday when the man inside fired at them, striking Gillette, a 7-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and a U.S. Air Force veteran, in the chest. He died at the hospital shortly after.

The suspect died at the scene when gunfire was returned.

Gillette’s vehicle was pulled up to the agency’s headquarters Wednesday evening, and people have been adding their own flowers and balloons to the windshield. Behind the vehicle, the agency’s flags remain at half-staff, and a black and gold ribbon bow is tied to the pole holding the American flag.