PERRY, FL – The search for a suspect who was accused of shooting and injuring a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office deputy has ended after the man was found dead after a shootout with a homeowner.
UPDATE: The Florida Blue Alert issued for Gregory Ryan Miedema activated on February 22, 2022, has been cancelled. Thank you for sharing!— FDLE (@fdlepio) February 23, 2022
According to a WCTV report, Miedema was accused of shooting and injuring Deputy Troy Andersen around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.
The deputy was shot multiple times and had to be flown to a hospital due to life-threatening injuries.
The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the deputy is currently stable at the hospital.
#BreakingNews: A Florida BLUE Alert was just issued for Gregory Ryan Miedema in Taylor County.— Gage Goulding – NBC2 (@GageGoulding) February 23, 2022
A BLUE Alert is sent out just like an AMBER Alert. However, this type of alert is for when a law enforcement officer is injured or killed.
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The suspect took off and was last seen on US 19 near Deer Run Road, which is about 25 miles south of Perry.
The vehicle the suspect was in was reported to be a 2000 gold Chrysler Sebring, with a Florida tag number of Y78TKU.
The man at the center of tonight's 'Blue Alert,' Gregory Miedema, is also a registered sex offender, according to FDLE's website. He was convicted for crimes during his time in the military in 2011. @WCTV https://t.co/JMPkFEgWoe pic.twitter.com/dVJgtZB8zn— Katie Kaplan (@KatieKaplanTV) February 23, 2022
Citizens were urged to call 911, but avoid approaching the suspect if they saw him.
Miedema was described as being 5 feet and 8 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds.
Now, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office has said that Miedema was killed during an attempted home invasion in Steinhatchee, according to a WCTV report.
Gregory Ryan Miedema Death, suspect shot dead after breaking into a residence https://t.co/wozHGM2Wh6— InsideEko.com (@InsidEkoMedia) February 23, 2022
InsideEko reported that Miedema was shot to death by the homeowner during the suspect’s attempted home invasion:
“Police reports state that Miedema was shot to death after breaking into a Dixie County residence and exchanging gunfire with a homeowner.
“Miedema was the subject of a statewide manhunt and a ‘Florida Blue Alert’ issued late Tuesday night after allegedly wounding a TCSO deputy during a traffic stop.”
BREAKING: Suspect in Blue Alert manhunt dead, after shootout with a homeowner in Steinhatchee. Taylor County Sheriff's Office reports Gregory Ryan Miedema, suspect in a TCSO officer shooting last night, was killed in a suspected home-invasion this morning.— THESKY973DOTCOM (@THESKY973DOTCOM) February 23, 2022
“According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) sexual offenders website, Miedema had two addresses in Lee County in 2021.
“One address shows a home off Arbodale Street in Lehigh Acres that is listed as permanent. The other shows an apartment on 4th Street in Fort Myers that is listed as temporary.”
According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records, Miedema was convicted of intercourse with a minor in 2011 as well as possession of child pornography.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also stated he was convicted under the court jurisdiction of the U.S. Military in Hawaii, according to WCTV.
The Florida Highway Patrol also assisted in this case.
A Blue Alert in Florida is issued when certain criteria are met, including a law enforcement officer being seriously injured or killed or missing while in the line of duty.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website, the Blue Alert was established on Oct. 1, 2011 when then-Gov. Scott signed an Executive Order for its implementation:
“This plan, which uses some of the technologies employed in AMBER and Silver Alerts, was established in response to the increasing number of law enforcement officers in the state killed, injured, or missing in the line of duty.
“In some of these cases, the offender or offenders used vehicles to flee and attempt to escape.
“The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) immediately broadcast important information about an offender(s), who has seriously injured, killed, or abducted a law enforcement officer.
“Under this plan, the information is broadcasted through dynamic highway message signs and other appropriate notification methods to increase the chances of capturing the suspect(s) responsible for injuring, killing or abducting a law enforcement officer.”
A Florida Blue Alert was issued for Gregory Ryan Miedema after a sheriff's deputy was shot during an encounter in Salem. https://t.co/2GMXbXPe7n— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 23, 2022
Newsweek reported that the incident involving Miedema reflects an increase of attacks against law enforcement officers:
“The incident comes amid a spike in violent crime across the country that has included attacks on law enforcement officers.
“Sixty-three officers have been shot in the U.S. so far in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, including six who have died.
“Authorities said two sheriff’s deputies were shot and injured in Texas last week by a suspect who was out on bond.
“In that incident, the deputies had responded to a report of shots being fired inside a home in Katy.
“When the deputies arrived, a 43-year-old suspect shot at them and they returned fire.
Both deputies were taken to hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening after being struck in the leg.
“One deputy was also grazed by a bullet to the head and left ear. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
“And earlier this month, two deputies were wounded in a shooting while responding to a neighborhood dispute in Bellingham, Washington.
“The deputies had arrived on the scene on February 10 and attempted to speak with a man carrying a shotgun.
“However, both deputies were shot during the encounter. The suspect later surrendered and was taken into custody.”
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