Florida – Police in Florida now say that two suspects are in custody after they led officers on a high-speed pursuit early Thursday afternoon.
According to reports, the suspects were wanted on charges relating to battery against a member of law enforcement.
Fox 13 broadcasted live from a news helicopter as police pursued a black Ford F-150 north through Broward County. One person inside the truck could be seen waving his arms out of the back of the truck while dozens of patrol cars followed them.
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Posted by FOX 13 News – Tampa Bay on Thursday, January 23, 2020
During the chase, one person from inside the vehicle bailed out the back of the truck and was quickly taken into custody.
The chase began in Hollywood, Florida around 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon and continued through Broward County.
During the pursuit, the truck drove into oncoming traffic, across sidewalks and over medians in an attempt to evade law enforcement, but were eventually stopped in a parking lot when an officer utilized the PIT maneuver.
Officers from multiple agencies surrounded the vehicle with their guns drawn as the suspects climbed out and surrendered peacefully.
Three suspects are now in custody, WSVN reported.
There were no details provided about the original assault that the suspects were being sought in.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information is passed along to the public.
A deputy in Long County, Georgia was killed early Thursday morning after police say he was involved in a vehicle crash while in pursuit of a suspect who was on the run.
According to Long County Sheriff Graig Nobles, an unidentified sheriff’s deputy lost control of his squad car and crashed into the woods during the chase.
TERRIBLE NEWS: A Long County deputy was killed early this morning while assisting in a vehicle pursuit on Hwy 57. >> https://t.co/9GWzXyTM5L
— WTOC Mike Cihla (@MikeCihla) January 23, 2020
ABC 22 News reported that the chase began around 3 a.m. when an officer with the Ludowici Police Department noticed a driver allegedly running stop signs while driving through the city. That officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver took off down Highway 57.
The unnamed Long County deputy then joined in the pursuit as the driver headed toward McIntosh County. At one point during the chase of the fleeing suspect, the deputy reportedly lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway, and crashed into the woods.
Sheriff Nobles said that the deputy’s car penetrated the wood line and came to rest approximately 100 feet into the forest.
Please keep the Long County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia in your thoughts and prayers. They had a deputy killed in a crash during a pursuit. #officerdown #neverforgetthefallen #EOW #longcounty #georgia pic.twitter.com/M1rxmuhm1b
— Oakboro Police Dept. (@Oakboropolicenc) January 23, 2020
Emergency crews immediately transported the wounded officer to the Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville, but it was too late. The deputy was pronounced dead from his injuries.
No further details have been released about the deputy who was killed, but other agencies are asking for prayers during this difficult time.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragic line of duty death. Rest easy, deputy.
Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you developments as they are released.
Additionally, Customs and Border Patrol Agent Alfredo Nino, 48-years-old, died unexpectedly in his New Mexico station last week.
Agent Nino was assigned to the Santa Teresa sector in NM. The exact cause of death was not released, only that he was found inside the station unresponsive.
In a statement released, the agency said:
“It is with a heavy heart that the El Paso Sector announces the death of Border Patrol Agent Alfredo Nino.
“On January 14, Agent Alfredo Nino was found unresponsive by agents at the Garza Border Patrol Forwarding Operating Base in Animas, New Mexico. Despite life-saving efforts performed by fellow agents, Agent Nino was subsequently pronounced deceased by local authorities.”
The statement continued:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nino family, friends and Border Patrol Agents of the El Paso Sector.”
— FBI El Paso (@FBIElPaso) January 17, 2020
Agent Nino served with the CBP for 12 years, beginning in 2007. Prior to that, he served in the Texas Army National Guard, including an overseas tour in 2010 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“I served with him for four years while in the Texas Army National Guard,” Oswualdo Ramirez said in a tribute. “He was my platoon sergeant during the whole time, to include our Operation Iraqi Freedom tour in 2010. He was a great Non-Commissioned Officer, a great leader, BP Agent, husband, father, and I am proud to say he was my friend. My condolences to his family.”
Agent Nino is survived by a wife, Sandra, a son, Mateo, and 2 daughters, Jennifer and Amanda.
We extend our sincerest condolences, pillars of support and our collective heart to the men and women of the #USBP @USBPChiefEPT @CBP and all the friends and family of United States Border Patrol Agent Alfredo Nino. #HonorFirst https://t.co/ZmKpzMxaxa
— ATF Dallas (@ATFDallas) January 17, 2020
Then, on Wednesday out of Kentucky, we reported about how Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Lieutenant Clifton Scott “Scotty” McGaha tragically passed away on Saturday. According to officials within his department, he was just one day away from retirement.
Reports about McGaha conclude that he was one of the greatest dedicated public servants the Louisville area has ever known.
In addition to serving in the military as a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran, 69-year-old McGaha also dedicated about 40 years to working in local law enforcement.
WAVE reported that Lt. McGaha passed away from natural causes on Saturday. He planned to retire from BCSO just one day later.
Officials say that even though he planned to retire from his position as a lieutenant, he had no plans to completely step away from the world of law enforcement altogether.
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Bullitt County Sheriff Walt Sholar said that as he stepped out of the role with Bullitt County, he had plans to be sworn in as an officer with the Audubon Park Police Department on Tuesday.
The incredible law enforcement official was remembered fondly on social media.
“Scotty was a wonderful friend for over 38 years and a dedicated public servant for much longer than that,” the BCSO said in a Facebook post on Saturday afternoon. “Scotty McGaha truly embodied the Skills of a Warrior with the Heart of a Servant. He lived his Marine Corps motto ‘Semper Fidelis’ every day and gave selflessly to our County and our Commonwealth over and over again!”
According to reports, McGaha’s wife of nearly 50 years passed away just a few months ago.
“To know him was to love him and not only that, Scotty loved everybody,” the sheriff said. “People didn’t have to ask Scotty to help, he was just always there…You just turn around and he’s there to help with anything, everything.”
Audubon Park Police were saddened to hear the tragic news, as they were excited to bring McGaha aboard this week.
McGaha reportedly leaves behind three children and three grandchildren, and additionally is survived by his mother and siblings, according to his obituary.
BCSO asked for prayers for the fallen lieutenant.
“Please join with us in prayer for GOD’s peace, comfort and strength to be endowed upon Scotty’s family and friends as we go through these days of grief,” the BCSO’s post read. “Let us remember always the wonderful legacy of service and help he provided to so many throughout our community for so long.”
Sadly, we must inform the people of our County that Lieutenant Scotty McGaha passed away early this morning(1/18/2020)….
A service to lay McGaha to rest is planned for Thursday.
Rest easy, hero.
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