Santa Rosa Deputy Attacked By Man With Sword; Suspect Shot And Killed

April 10, 2015

A Santa Rosa County deputy is recovering after being cut by a man with a Samurai sword Thursday evening in Navarre. The suspect died a short time after being shot multiple times by a second deputy.

About 5:30 p.m., deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an address on Quail Roost Drive in Navarre for a reported active disturbance where an individual had a weapon in his possession.

Upon arrive, deputies encountered the man with the sword, who was later identified as Gordon Talmage Kimbrell Jr. Kimbrell struck Deputy Matt Ray with the sword multiple times, causing serious injuries.  Sgt. Brian Miller then shot Kimbrell.

Kimbrell  was transported to Gulf Breeze Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Ray was transported to Baptist Hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in good condition Thursday night. He is recovering from a serious injury to an extremity

Due to the deputy-involved shooting, the investigation is being headed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Miller has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure. Further details have not yet been released.

Miller was not injured during the incident.


18 Responses to “Santa Rosa Deputy Attacked By Man With Sword; Suspect Shot And Killed”

  1. Daniel on April 13th, 2015 11:23 am

    To all you people who want to tell me, and other true Americans,
    how and where we should store our gun, I would like to tell you where you can store your opinions, but thankfully William doesn’t allow that type of language on this forum.

  2. coseys ex on April 11th, 2015 10:01 pm

    @Dennis I read your post before commenting and reread your post after you commented the second time and I’m pretty sure you don’t say anything about owning a gun yourself and Infact you make it sound as if you’re anti gun. I’m only a college graduate with an AAS so I guess it’s possible I havent quite learned how to read yet.

    Silly rabbit for educated comments

  3. Donovan on April 11th, 2015 5:20 pm

    @Avis, your comment is as scurrilous and tasteless as it is ridiculous and repugnant. You are taking a story about two actual true blue heroes that actually put their lives on the line and actually protected their community (that’s the job, right?) and politicizing into a tool to lash out at what you consider “cop haters”

    It’s disgusting. You dishonor the two brave officers with your absurd and baseless notion. Cops will never buckle down under “media scrutiny”. Any cursory examination of police procedure quickly reveals that blues care very little about public opinion. Your baseless assertion is completely without merit.

    There is only one thing that will deter cops from killing nonviolent unarmed citizens, and it is not multi million dollar civil lawsuits that they don’t have to personally pay for. Nor will paid time off in the form of “administrative leave” gonna slow ”em down.

    There is only one thing that will deter cops from summarily executing people on camera, and that thing is: scumbag murderers like Michael Slager winding up where they belong, on death row.

  4. Dennis on April 11th, 2015 3:58 pm

    Cosey I own them and they are properly sored also. Silly rabbit read the post.

  5. David Huie Green on April 11th, 2015 3:56 pm

    “I would prefer to be attacked with a sword than someone shooting at me with a gun. These people aren’t suppose to have guns and wouldn’t if most of you yelling about you have a right to own as many as you want would keep yours under lock and key inside a proper gun safe.”
    You would rather be beheaed than shot?

    Maybe some kindhearted crazy killer will keep that in mind
    if you even come across a kindhearted crazy killer.

    If nobody could carry weapons without breaking the law, only lawbreakers would be carrying weapons (by definition). If there were no lawbreakers, insane people, invaders or tyrants, that wouldn’t be a problem.

    There are, so it is.

    Even those who show disdain for civil rights such as the right to keep and bear arms are frightening. If they would ignore one right, what is to stop them from ignoring all other rights?

    David for human liberty as a right, not a privilege

  6. Dennis on April 11th, 2015 3:56 pm

    Cosey see Kyle’s post-he brought it up,

  7. Mr. Reality on April 11th, 2015 12:55 pm

    GIVE THE DEPUTY A BONUS, 2 weeks paid vaca and the KEY TO THE CITY!!!

  8. Avis on April 11th, 2015 11:04 am

    I dread the day when police officers choose NOT to fire when they ought to in order to avoid media scrutiny, investigation after investigation, suspension, and who knows what other consequences. He/she doesn’t need more mental clutter to filter through when it’s time for a swift decision.

    The liberal anti-gun left is trying to win their case by “more than one way to skin a cat” procedural nonsense.

    What will you do when all police officers are sent home to await an investigation and scrutiny of their actions? What will you do when no one wants that job any more? What will you do when nobody answers your 9-1-1 call? Who will protect you? Remember, you don’t have any guns.

  9. coseys ex on April 11th, 2015 2:26 am

    @Dennis What are you talking about? This story neither had a gun weilding assailant or private citizen in it. As far as us gun toting folks leaving our guns on the night stand or under our front seats..I have a permit to carry a gun and do so. I am a single lady with children and I carry to protect myself and my family. God forbid things happen and I need to use it and it not be on my side. I’d rather be safe than sorry which is a concept that seems to elude you. Btw I also had a “pretty” little safe installed flush, under the passenger floorboard of my Tahoe for situations when I have to leave it in the truck. It’s called being a responsible gun owner.

    Silly rabbit guns are for chicks!!

    P.S Don’t like guns then dont buy one. Hopefully someone who does will be around to save your life if ever you need it. Just sayin’

  10. well on April 10th, 2015 7:11 pm

    It’s a shame the deputy was severly injured by this individual.
    Can’t imagine how hard it must be trying to determine when to fire to protect yourself and others.
    Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery for the officer.

  11. Puddin on April 10th, 2015 5:12 pm

    Bet if someone was attacking Dennis with a sword, he would be happy to see one of my guns with me behind it protecting him. Glad the officers involved are all going to be ok.

  12. Mike on April 10th, 2015 4:37 pm

    @ Dennis

    Yeah, man, I agree. When a burglar, robber, or home invader comes in, we can all just ask them to wait while we find the keys & open our gun safes. :)

  13. Dennis on April 10th, 2015 3:14 pm

    SBLEO-suicide by law enforcement officer. I think if I was LEO I would prefer to be attacked with a sword than someone shooting at me with a gun. These people aren’t suppose to have guns and wouldn’t if most of you yelling about you have a right to own as many as you want would keep yours under lock and key inside a proper gun safe. Instead you leave one beside your bed and another under the seat of your car when you are away from both-just sayin?? Btw, a gun safe isn’t a beautiful wood and glass cabinet in your house where everybody can see them.

  14. Irby Moore on April 10th, 2015 9:08 am

    Never bring a knife or a sword to a gunfight! Way to go Deputies.

  15. kyle on April 10th, 2015 7:14 am

    See y’all guns ain’t what u got to worry about its the people behind them. Anything is a weapon in the wrong hands.

  16. emschic on April 10th, 2015 5:01 am

    Glad the deputy is going to be okay. Sounds like a great job done by all. Bad guy DRT..yep great job!!!

  17. Gman on April 10th, 2015 4:49 am

    Good job officers and prayers to everyone who wears a badge and serves and protects.

  18. Mike on April 10th, 2015 1:17 am


    Thanks deputies, for taking this madman down before he could hurt anyone else, your service is appreciated. God speed the injured deputy to a swift & full recovery.

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