Joel Dixon Smith

Wife: Man who killed deputy made threats 2 days earlier

Carolina Smith wrote in her request for a restraining order filed Monday in Okaloosa County, Florida, that her 33-year-old husband, Joel Dixon Smith, had been watching their 8-month-old baby Sunday night when the boy rolled off their bed. As she comforted the boy, she told Smith he needed to watch the baby when he was on the bed.

Slain deputy was trying to earn money for family trip


The suspect was later killed in a confrontation with police.

Okaloosa County Deputy Bill Myers, 64, died Tuesday after he was shot multiple times in the head and back.

"He had an ability to make those around him smile, especially his young granddaughter who he adored and took to Disney World as often as he could," Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley said, fighting tears during a news conference late Tuesday.