TPD arrests man in connection to DUI crash involving Gadsden County deputy

By: Ryan Kaufman, Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 9, 2019

Tallahassee Police Department releases the identity of a man in connection to a head-on crash Monday morning on Thomasville Road. Pictured: (Left) Gadsden County Sheriff's Deputy Edward Campbell, (Right) Harry Shoaff, suspect.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department arrested 37-Year-old Harry Shoaff and charged him with DUI causing serious bodily injuries.

Authorities say Shoaff crashed into a Gadsden County deputy around 2 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Thomasville Road and Raymond Diehl Road in Tallahassee.

Deputy Campbell was in his patrol car, which is standard practice to take the car home, especially being a SWAT member.

Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young notified his agency.

"The first thing he said was, we are in prayer," said Lt. Angie Hightower with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

SGT. Thomas Perkins with GCSO said, "Definitely, it's a difficult phone call to receive. It's nothing something you can freeze. You have to get there. I went down to the hospital to check on him. So, you just have to go."

Sgt. Perkins worked with Deputy Campbell on SWAT during the short time Campbell's been with GCSO.

He says Campbell had just gotten off work and left Gadsden County to head home in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Police say Shoaff was driving south on Thomasville Road and allegedly ran a red light at Raymond Diehl Road, hitting Deputy Campbell's cruiser.

LT. Hightower said, "During this holiday season, that's why it's more so important to be cautious of how you drive, especially drinking and driving. You have to basically drive for yourself as well as other citizens that are on the road."

Deputy Campbell started with GCSO in February and joined SWAT in September.

"He's just shown his worth. He's shown his credit. He's eager, hardworking, and he's always striving to learn something new every day. He's just a class act," Sgt. Perkins said.

Sgt. Perkins says Campbell had surgery Monday and is still in serious condition in the ICU.

Everyone at the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office extending prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery.


By: Ryan Kaufman, Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has arrested a man in connection to a DUI crash involving a Gadsden County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Harry Shoaff, 37, is charged with DUI with serious bodily injuries after police say his pick-up truck crashed into a marked Gadsden County Sheriff's Office vehicle driven by Deputy Edward Campbell.

Shoaff is also charged with driving while license suspended or revoked and violation of a traffic control device.

Deputy Campbell was checked into the ICU at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and is listed in serious condition. According to GCSO, he had surgery and was still in the ICU as of 2:30 p.m. GCSO said Campbell was on his way home to Tallahassee after finishing a shift. It is standard policy for him to take an assigned patrol car home, since he's a member of the SWAT team, GCSO says.


UPDATE 7:21 A.M.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is now confirming to WCTV the deputy involved in Monday morning's crash has been identified as Deputy Edward Campbell.

GCSO is also confirming the driver of the other vehicle was drunk while behind the wheel at the time of the crash. GCSO says Deputy Campbell was driving a marked patrol car at the time of the crash.

In a statement to WCTV, GCSO Sheriff Morris Young says "he is saddened by the news of Deputy Campbell but also knows the agency as a whole is praying for Deputy Campbell and his family."

Deputy Campbell is currently in the ICU at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and is listed in serious condition.



UPDATE 5:50 A.M.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- TPD is now telling WCTV that a Gadsden County Sheriff's deputy was involved in a serious two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Thomasvillle and Raymond Diehl Road.

Officers tell us the deputy was ejected from the vehicle and is in serious condition at a local hospital.

There is no word on the condition of anyone in the second vehicle.

TPD's Traffic Homicide Unit is at the scene and investigating the crash.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area.



ORIGINAL STORY
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a crash that happened at the intersection of Thomasvillle and Raymond Diehl Road.

The incident happened at 1:56am. Officials are currently working the scene as we speak.

Not much is known right now, but this is an active investigation. We will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.