A Florida sheriff’s department confirmed that one of its deputies was killed in a severe car crash as he was investigating a domestic dispute over the weekend.
The deputy, who was not identified by local media outlets or the sheriff’s department, was killed after the driver of a gray Toyota pickup truck collided with his patrol vehicle at around 3 a.m. in Broward County.
Veda Coleman-Wright, a spokeswoman for the department, told Local10 that the deputy’s name will be released on July 22.
Our law enforcement officers put their lives at risk each day to protect us and keep our communities safe.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) July 21, 2019
— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) July 21, 2019
“This is a devastating time for all of us,” Coleman-Wright said.
Both drivers were transported to Broward Health North. The deputy was pronounced dead.
Happened near Military Trail & SW 10th Street. Crash involves SUV cruiser and pick-up truck.
— Karli Barnett (@KarliBarnett) July 21, 2019
Homicide detectives are currently investigating the case, said the Broward Sheriff’s Office in a statement.
A second deputy “witnessed the crash” and “immediately called for help,” officials added.
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The pickup truck driver’s name also wasn’t released, but he is said to be in stable condition, the office added.
It’s not clear if any charges will be filed in the case.
“This morning our hearts are heavy. The Broward Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the loss of a #BSO deputy who died after being involved in an on-duty crash early Sunday morning. We ask for thoughts and prayers,” the Broward Sheriff’s Office also tweeted.
This morning our hearts are heavy. The Broward Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the loss of a #BSO deputy who died after being involved in an on-duty crash early Sunday morning. We ask for thoughts and prayers.
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) July 21, 2019
Photos published on social media showed sheriff’s officials saluting the fallen deputy on July 21.
“Our law enforcement officers put their lives at risk each day to protect us and keep our communities safe,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) tweeted. “Ann and I send our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of the @browardsheriff’s deputy that passed away.”
Anyone who was in the area of the crash and has any information regarding this incident should contact Traffic Homicide Detective Carlos De Jesus at 954-321-4842.
Other details about the case are not clear.