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Officer Vann Streety recovering from last summer's shooting

News Release

Friday, February 19, 2010

Media contact: Katie Fojtik, 850-459-6585

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Vann Streety is recovering well from injuries he sustained in a July 2009 shooting that occurred while working in Brevard County.

Streety reports he is feeling healthy, both emotionally and physically. His left arm, injured by a .45-caliber round, has healed well.  He is continuing with the physical therapy on his right hand so he can return to work and help other officers train and prepare for similar types of attacks.

The case against the defendant, Christopher Eddy, is progressing. Tammy Temple, who was in the car during the shooting, was in court today. She pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to premeditated, attempted first-degree murder on a law enforcement officer and was sentenced to two years in prison and three years probation.

On July 15, 2009, Streety was checking a subject in a wooded area when the man shot him six times. With Streety seriously wounded and on the ground, the subject escaped, triggering a manhunt that lasted two days.

Throughout this difficult situation, Streety has persevered. His message to his fellow officers is to always be thinking and planning for the "what-if" scenarios.

"Wear your vest," Streety said. "Sweat washes off; bullets don't."

To read more about the night of Officer Streety's ordeal, go to the Police One website at

Streety was recently nominated for America's Most Wanted's 2010 "All-Star" award.  To view the nominees or vote, go to

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