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BREAKING: 21-Year-Old Florida Deputy Murdered While Serving Warrant

Polk City, FL – A 21-year-old Polk County sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot while attempting to serve a warrant early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred as four deputies were trying to serve a felony warrant for failure to appear on a methamphetamine charge at a trailer home on Foxtown South at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 4, WOFL reported.

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the four Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputies came under fire after they successfully entered the residence.

A 21-year-old deputy was shot during the attack, WOFL reported.

The deputy was rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he ultimately succumbed to his wounds “despite the valiant efforts of Polk Fire/Rescue and our wonderful trauma center,” Sheriff Judd said during a brief early-morning press conference.

The sheriff said the incident was a tragedy, and that the deputy had only been with the PCSO for a short time.

No additional details were immediately released.

Sheriff Judd said more information will be released later this morning.

“We want the information that we have to relay to get to the immediate family members and the work family members before we broadcast it on social media or traditional media,” he said.

A law enforcement processional will escort the slain hero’s body from Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Winter Haven today, Sheriff Judd noted.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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