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Leon Co. deputy’s house, cars shot up

Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 1:57 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting on the Northwest side of Tallahassee that damaged the home and cars of one of their own.

Tallahassee Police initially responded after shots rang out around 10 p.m. Tuesday night in the 3100 block of Huntington Woods Boulevard.

A neighbor in the area by the name of Jackson Garrett shares he heard about five shots.

“It was a little chilling, kind of chilling,” Garrett recalled.

TPD officers found that a deputy’s house, patrol vehicle and personal vehicle had been shot several times.

The deputy and his family were home at the time, but no one was hurt.

The big question is whether or not this was believed to be a target on the deputy or possibly a target on the agency. Public Information Officer, Shade McMillian states, “At this time we don’t see any evidence of any targeting of law enforcement.”

McMillian furthers that they believe this to be an isolated incident, however he says it sometimes comes with the job, “Just like any other law enforcement officer we always walk around with a heightened sense of awareness.”

While unsettling it is not something that happens often. Statute 119 of the Florida Statutes allows law enforcement to conceal their addresses from the public. McMillian explains the reason why, “Doing the job that we do, when we do come into contact with some of the seedy aspects of society, some of them would like to have retaliatory actions towards the officers in which they come to contact with, which is why that information is not made public.”

It is not known at this time if the deputies home fell under that statute.

After an initial investigation, Tallahassee Police turned over the case to Leon County’s Violent Crimes Unit.

LCSO says this is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (850) 606-3300 or to remain anonymous, contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at (850)574-TIPS (8477).

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