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Tallahassee Officer Killed While Attempting To Apprehend Suspect In Triple Shooting

Tallahassee, FL – A Tallahassee police officer was killed and three citizens were shot after a suspect opened fire inside a home and got into a vehicle pursuit with police early Wednesday morning.

The incident began at a residence located in the 4200-block of Saplin Court at approximately 12:27 a.m. on June 8, the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) said in a press release.

Police received a report that 37-year-old Tyrone Cleveland shot three family members inside his house, then fled in a vehicle.

A Leon County sheriff’s deputy and a TPD officer spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of Capital Circle NW and North Monroe Street just before Cleveland suddenly made a U-turn into oncoming traffic, according to police.

Cleveland then slammed his vehicle into the TPD officer’s cruiser at the intersection of NW Passage and Capital Circle NW.

The injured officer was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The suspect was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the TPD.

The three family members Cleveland allegedly shot were transported to a local hospital.

One was listed in stable condition on Wednesday morning, and the other two victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The TPD did not immediately release the identity of the officer who was killed, nor did they name the victims who were shot.

TPD Chief Jason Laursen asked the public to “keep our officers in your thoughts and prayers following this tragic loss,” the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

“Today, we lost a hero,” Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. “”I want to make sure the officer’s services and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Let’s remember that every day when they get up, they put on the uniform to serve and protect us. Some of them make the ultimate sacrifice, which was made this morning.”

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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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