Courtesy of Koester Family
February 9, 2005
Deputy Sheriff Wayne Koester was ambushed while investigating a sexual-battery complaint in Lake Kathryn. He was shot and killed by a surprise hail of bullets fired by Jason Wheeler; his live-in girlfriend had filed the complaint.
Wheeler, 33, who was paralyzed when shot during his capture, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die.
The stretch of S.R. 44 from County Road 439 to C.R. 46A was named for Koester.