Tampa, FL – Tampa Police Officer Jesse Madsen was killed in the line of duty early on Tuesday morning when his police vehicle was struck head-on while he was responding to a call about a wrong-way driver.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said Officer Madsen was dispatched just before 1 a.m. on March 9 to a call about a driver going the wrong way on Interstate 275, WFTS reported.
Chief Dugan said the 911 caller had reported that the wrong-way driver was speeding and swerving in and out of lanes on the freeway.
Officer Madsen’s vehicle was struck head on between Sligh and Hillsborough Avenues on the interstate, WFTS reported.
WTSP reported that Tampa police investigators think Officer Madsen may have swerved into the oncoming car to protect others on the highway.
The wrong way driver that was killed in the crash was from Golden, CO. He was driving a rental car. TPD believes Officer Jesse Madsen swerved into the oncoming car to protect others. @10TampaBay
— thuylanwtsp (@ThuyLanWTSP) March 9, 2021
The veteran officer was killed in the crash.
The driver of the vehicle who hit Officer Madsen’s police vehicle was a 25-year-old man who was also killed, WFTS reported.
Police have not yet released the driver’s identity, but WTSP reported that he was from Golden, Colorado and was driving a rental car.
Officer Madsen was a member of the Tampa police force for 16 years and a seven-time winner of the Tampa Police Department’s Lifesaving Award, WFTS reported.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a combat veteran.
Officer Madsen was a dedicated husband and father to three children, according to WFTS.
“This is a tragedy,” Chief Dugan said. “Our community has been rocked by these wrong-way drivers, and it’s just a complete tragedy that a husband and a father of [three] is now gone.”
A procession of Tampa police vehicles with lights flashing escorted the ambulance carrying Officer Madsen’s body from the crash scene, WFTS reported.
“It pains me to say that for the third time this year, our Tampa Bay law enforcement community has lost one of our own in the line of duty. Tampa Police Officer Jesse Madsen was killed in a wrong-way crash this morning,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Officer Madsen’s sacrifice for the safety of our community will never be forgotten. All of us on #teamHCSO are praying for and will stand with you @TampaPD.”
.@FLCaseyDeSantis and I are heartbroken by the death of @TampaPD Officer Jesse Madsen who was tragically killed in the line of duty. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the Tampa law enforcement community.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 9, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of @tampapd Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen, who was killed early Tuesday morning when a wrong-way driver crashed into his police vehicle on I-275. His family, friends and all of Tampa PD are in our thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/hLJo7mxBw4
— Campus Police (@CampusPoliceSRQ) March 9, 2021
— INTERPOL Washington (@INTERPOL_USA) March 9, 2021
Our thoughts are with our @TampaPD family and the family of Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen. The 16-year veteran police officer was killed in the line of duty early this morning when a wrong-way driver struck his car head-on. We will #NeverForget his service and sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/0laZbwBxi6
— Clearwater Police Department (@myclearwaterPD) March 9, 2021
Chief Dugan and Mayor Castor together this morning outside TPD headquarters. Officer Jesse Madsen was killed this morning by a wrong way driver. pic.twitter.com/BhDRNIingr
— Mary O'Connell (@MaryOConnellTV) March 9, 2021
Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for the loss of MPO Jesse Madsen. Our condolences to his family and our brothers and sisters at the Tampa Police Department. May God rest his soul. pic.twitter.com/F3El6nTTP6
— Tampa Fire Rescue (@TampaFireRescue) March 9, 2021
Our love and support are with the family, friends and co-workers of Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen.
Ofc. Madsen served for the past 16 years with @TampaPD. Early this morning his police vehicle was struck by a wrong way driver on I-275.
We will never forget your service. pic.twitter.com/ygjf6kGN7Q
— LakelandPD (@LakelandPD) March 9, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tampa Police Officer Jesse Madsen, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Jesse Madsen, your life mattered.