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Man Wanted For Shooting Florida Deputy Is Dead After Trying To Break Into Home

Steinhatchee, FL – The gunman accused of shooting a Taylor County sheriff’s deputy multiple times Tuesday night was killed during a home invasion Wednesday morning, according to police.

Gregory Ryan Miedema, 33, was found dead near the vehicle he was believed to have been driving after shooting the deputy, according to WCTV.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FLDE) cancelled the Blue Alert regarding Miedema shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 23.

Details regarding the home invasion and how it resulted in the suspect’s death have not been released.

The attack on the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputy 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 the deputy multiple times before fleeing the scene.

A Blue Alert was issued for Miedema at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

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.

His condition was upgraded to stable later in the day, WCTV reported.

The deputy has been identified as TCSO Deputy Troy Andersen.

Deputy Andersen is a member of the agency’s K9 unit, according to WCTV.

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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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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