Latest Florida Department of Law Enforcement News

Sheriff: 2 brothers, girlfriend arrested in triple homicide

Jul. 22, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

FROSTPROOF, Fla. (AP) — Two brothers and a woman have been arrested in connection with the “massacre" of three best friends who set out on a fishing trip at a central Florida lake last week, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday. One of the suspects, Tony “TJ" Wiggins, 26, had...

FDLE: Commissioner who impersonated deputy arrested

Jul. 21, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A county commissioner in Florida was arrested on Monday for impersonating a sheriff's deputy, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr., 53, was arrested Monday evening for impersonating a member of the Osceola County...

Officials: Florida woman dies in gunfire with deputies

Jun. 28, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A white woman was shot dead Saturday after firing at Florida sheriff deputies, authorities said. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said on a series of Twitter posts that the woman fled during an investigation in Port Richey, Florida. The office said that the woman fired a...

Ex-officer facing charges for kneeling on Black woman's neck

Jun. 25, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer was charged Thursday with battery and misconduct for allegedly kneeling on a Black woman's neck outside a Miami-area strip club months ago. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release that former Miami Gardens police officer...

Protesters march through the streets over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Miami. Protests were held throughout the country over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida officer who shoved protester referred to prosecutors

Jun. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer who was suspended for pushing a kneeling black woman to the ground at a George Floyd demonstration in Florida is under scrutiny again after the agency reviewed bodycam footage from two unrelated incidents and referred them to state prosecutors for possible...

Sheriff: Deputies shoot armed man outside rehab clinic

Jun. 19, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) — An armed man was wounded Friday afternoon during a shootout with Florida deputies in a parking lot near a rehab center, authorities said. The shooting occurred near the Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office news release....

Off-duty Florida wildlife officer found fatally shot

Jun. 14, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — An off-duty Florida wildlife officer was found fatally shot early Sunday, authorities said. Florida Wildlife Conservation officer Julian Keen Jr. was found fatally shot in rural Hendry County, and three suspects were in custody, according to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office...