LEON COUNTY, Fla. – A Tallahassee police officer died Wednesday after a crash with a man accused of shooting three members of his own family, according to a joint release from the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
Tyrone Cleveland, 37, was arrested and faces numerous charges, the release stated.
Deputies were called at 12:27 a.m. about an assault at a home, where investigators said Cleveland had shot three family members before driving away. The victims were hospitalized, two with non-life-threatening injuries and the third in stable condition, according to the release.
The Tallahassee police officer joined the chase, according to the release, and Cleveland turned his vehicle around, driving toward oncoming traffic, striking the Tallahassee officer’s cruiser.
The officer was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries, the release stated. Cleveland was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Support for the fallen officer’s friends, family and colleagues has been pouring into the Tallahassee Police Department, with figures such as Orlando police chief Orlando Rolón, Orange County Sheriff John Mina and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis offering their condolences and prayers.
Sending our deepest condolences to the Tallahassee Police Department and to the family of their fallen officer. Their service will not be forgotten.— Chief Orlando Rolón (@OrlandoPDChief) June 8, 2022
So sorry for the loss of your officer. Prayers for your agency and the family of the fallen officer.🙏 https://t.co/VWcK1Yw2UB— Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) June 8, 2022
Last night, a Tallahassee Police officer died in the line of duty. @FLCaseyDeSantis and I are praying for the family of the officer who sacrificed his life and for those injured in this horrific act.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 8, 2022
The criminal will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The identity of the officer has not yet been made public.