Florida Sheriff’s Deputy Ambushed, Shot and Killed While Responding to House Fire

More than 20 Tallahassee Police Department and Leon County Sheriffs' Office vehicles are on scene in the Plantation Woods neighborhood. (Photo: Karl Etters/Democrat)
More than 20 Tallahassee Police Department and Leon County Sheriffs’ Office vehicles are on scene in the Plantation Woods neighborhood.
(Photo: Karl Etters/Democrat)

A Florida sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Saturday morning while responding to a house fire in Tallahassee and another deputy was wounded, authorities say.

Deputies were responding to a fire in the Plantation Woods neighborhood of northwest Tallahassee at around 10 a.m., Leon County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James McQuaig said. The first deputy to approach the scene was shot.

“He was ambushed and he was shot and he was killed,” McQuaig said.

The gunman then took the deputy’s firearm and shot and wounded another deputy, McQuaig said.

The gunman was killed by a Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby, heard the shooting, threw on his bullet-resistant vest, grabbed his gun and ran toward the house, according to The Associated Press, which cited a government official.

The wounded deputy was saved by his vest and his injuries are not believed to be serious, the official said.

The official asked not to be named because he was not authorized to release the information.

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SOURCE: USA Today
Karl Etters, The Tallahassee Democrat

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