Off-duty FWC Officer shot and killed

LaBelle, FL- Sunday, June 14, 2020 near the Handy at Nobles Road and CR-78 deputies arrived on scene to find 30 year old, Julian Keen, Jr., Florida Wildlife Conservation (FWC)Officer, fatality shot. Three suspects are in custody and are being questioned at this time. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation […]

FDLE continues to investigate block party shooting

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office’s major crimes unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) continue to investigate a deputy-involved shooting that occurred during a block party in LaBelle that took place on May 17. Recently, the mother of one of the men who was shot said she plans to sue the Hendry County Sheriff’s […]

Hendry County sheriff sets curfew; Clewiston PD opts out

CLEWISTON — On Tuesday, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden declared an 8 p.m. curfew for eastern Hendry County for Wednesday night, but the City of Clewiston is still evaluating the need for such action. In a social media message posted Tuesday afternoon, June 2, the sheriff said they have learned the Black Lives Matter movement […]

HCSO Deputy involved in shooting in LaBelle

At approximately 1:45 a.m. Hendry County Deputies were in the area of Kissimmee and Selma Daniels Ave., in LaBelle, breaking up a block party when gunshots were heard. Deputies responded to that area an officer involved shooting occurred.  At this time, Hendry County Major Crimes Unit and FDLE are investigating. HCSO is asking if anyone […]

HCSO acquires license plate readers

“We are excited to announce that our Agency has acquired two mobile license plate readers (LPR’s) at no cost to Hendry County residents,” the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced Friday May 8. “Over $81,000.00 worth of grant funds were awarded to Hendry County Sheriff’s Office from the Florida Sheriff’s Association to make this much […]

Stolen vehicle suspect on the loose

LaBelle, FL- The Hendry County Sheriffs Officer issued the following alert on their Facebook page at 4:48 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Hendry County Deputies along with Investigators have set up a perimeter in the area of State Road 29 and Evans Road to include A Road and Dustin Drive. Deputies attempted to conduct […]

HCSO and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office take five violent felons off the streets

Between the dates of Tuesday, March 24 through Friday March 27, Detectives with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating a string of armed robberies which occurred in the Clewiston area. Two victims were shot during theses robberies. It was learned through the investigation into these robberies, that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office […]

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Notice of Suspended Programs due to COVID-19

Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden asks that everyone please check the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page at or Web Page at frequently over the next several weeks for changes and/or updates to current services that are offered by the Sheriff’s Office personnel. • Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Jail has suspended all Background […]


Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden helped stop a reckless driver Thursday evening, February 27 after the driver, 19-yr-old Thomas Leon Charles Ferguson led them on a wild chase thru neighborhoods and busy roadways. Sgt. N. Echevarria had conducted a traffic stop on the small sedan.  After the vehicle stopped Echevarria exited his vehicle and began […]

Two Dade County juveniles arrested on charges of vehicle theft

On February 13, 2020 Hendry County Deputies were notified of by Seminole Police Department (SPD) that two ATVs had been stolen and were being transported in a U-Haul trailer. Hendry County Deputy Aguirre located a U-Haul trailer connected to a black pick-up truck, both fitting the description provided by SPD on County Road 833 approximately […]