Tallahassee police officers shot at during ambush-style attack at Tom Brown Park

Two Tallahassee Police officers and a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy were ambushed while responding to a wanted suspect.
Published: May. 26, 2023 at 12:13 AM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2023 at 7:17 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Two Tallahassee police officers and a Leon County Sheriff’s deputy were ambushed at Tom Brown park by an armed woman Thursday night, according to Tallahassee Police.

TPD spokeswoman Heather Merritt told WCTV that officers were conducting a drug investigation earlier in the day when a man ran from the scene. A call to the consolidated dispatch center came in around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday indicating he was spotted in Tom Brown Park. The officers and LCSO deputy responded to the call when an armed woman began shooting at them. Both officers and the deputy returned fire and the woman was hit. She was taken to the hospital were she was pronounced dead.

No officers or the deputy were injured in the attack.

The person who fled the original scene was taken into custody and was uninjured as well. Police have not linked the drug suspect with the armed woman.

There is no ongoing threat to the public.

A press conference will be held at 9:00 A.M. WCTV will carry that press conference live on our Facebook page when it happens.

TPD Spokeswoman Heather Meritt speaks exclusively to WCTV following ambush-style attack on Tallahassee police officers and LCSO deputy.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Tallahassee police were working a “large incident” at Tom Brown Park late Thursday night, according to a watch commander for the Tallahassee Police Department.

WCTV received several reports of a large police presence near the park around 11:30 p.m. The watch commander who answered the phone said they were on their way to the scene to get more information, but could not provide details immediately. The watch commander said police were working to “get the situation under control” and were working on locating “suspects.”

As of 12 a.m. Friday, police had all entrances to the park barricaded and a police unit with flashing lights was visible in the interior of the park, according to a WCTV photographer that responded to the scene.

EMS vehicles were spotted coming and going from the area and a TPD forensics unit was also at the scene.

There was no immediate word on the nature of the incident or if anyone was injured. No other details were immediately available. However, we are working to get more information Please check back for updates.

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