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Tampa police officer dies of COVID-19 complications

He previously worked for the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa police officer has died of complications linked to COVID-19.

Officer Matthew S. Coleman, 37, leaves behind a wife and children.

His death was announced Wednesday by TPD.

After joining the agency in September 2014, he was assigned as a field training officer. He previously worked for the Polk County Sheriff's Office, serving there from 2008 to 2014.

"We're absolutely heartbroken to hear about this. Matthew was a great deputy, a true public servant. At our agency, he worked patrol in two different districts, and was a Special Victims Unit detective. His family and your agency are in our prayers. RIP Officer Coleman," the Polk County Sheriff's Office posted in response to the police department's announcement.

Coleman was described as a "valued mentor" and friend to many people.

Donations to his family can be made via the Tampa Police Benevolent Association at this link. Donors should write "Coleman Family" in the comment section.