Taylor County, FL – A manhunt is underway for a registered sex offender who shot a Taylor County sheriff’s deputy multiple times Tuesday night.
The attack occurred on U.S. 19 near Deer Run Road at approximately 9:32 p.m. on Feb. 22, WCTV reported.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said a gunman shot a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputy multiple times before fleeing the scene.
The suspect was later identified as 33-year-old Gregory Ryan Miedema, a registered sex offender with military training, WCTV reported.
A Blue Alert was issued for Miedema at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
UPDATE: The Blue Alert has been canceled and Miedema is dead.
He stands about five feet, eight inches tall and weighs an estimated 165 pounds, according to police.
Miedema may be driving a gold-colored 2000 Chrysler Sebring bearing Florida license plate Y78KTU, WCTV reported.
A Florida Blue Alert has been issued for Georgy Ryan Miedema, last seen in Perry, Florida. If located, DO NOT APPROACH. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this person, please contact the Taylor County Sheriff's Office at 850-584-2429 or 911. pic.twitter.com/PIu0n78JwY
— FDLE (@fdlepio) February 23, 2022
The FHP has not released details about the events leading up to the shooting.
The critically-wounded deputy was airlifted to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, WCTV reported.
The FHP said the deputy suffered life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition Wednesday morning, according to WTXL.
According to information contained on Miedema’s sex offender registration page on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office’s (SCSO) website, Miedema was convicted of intercourse with a victim 12 to 15 years old, lewd or lascivious battery, and possession of child pornography in 2011.
He was serving in the U.S. Army at the time.
Miedema was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, followed by two months on probation, and is no longer under the supervision of the Florida Department of Corrections.
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