ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - Authorities say a central Florida deputy was fatally shot while responding to a car burglary call near Orlando.
Officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday the deputy identified as 34-year-old Jonathan Scott Pine saw a suspect sitting in a car with a woman late Monday. The suspect started to run and the deputy pursued him. That's when the man fired at the deputy, hitting him.
Authorities say the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Benjamin Holtermann, was found dead in a nearby neighborhood. Authorities said it doesn't appear the deputy fired at him, so they are trying to determine whether the suspect shot himself.
The woman with Holtermann during the initial burglary call is identified as 18-year-old Erica Pugh. Authorities say she is being charged with multiple counts of burglary and grand theft.
"The death of Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine is a solemn reminder of the risks that law enforcement across Florida take to ensure the safety of all Florida citizens," Gov. Scott said Tuesday in a release. "Today, I spoke with Deputy Pine's wife, and expressed our sincere condolences to their family during this difficult time. The thoughts and prayers of all Floridians remain with the Orange County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement across the state, as we mourn a fallen hero."
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