Escambia County Deputy Shot, Suspect Killed Tuesday Night

October 20, 2021

A man detained by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office shot a deputy Tuesday night, and the man was killed when a deputy returned fire.

It happened about 7 p.m. in the 3200 block of West La Rua Street, about a block off Jackson Street.

Sheriff Chip Simmons said the ECSO Gun Crimes Unit was searching for a homicide suspect in the area just before the incident.

The sheriff said deputies were speaking with a man unrelated to the homicide when he began to “fumble around” inside his waistband. A scuffle ensued between the man and deputy.

“During the scuffle, he reached into his waistband, retrieved a weapon and fired it at the deputy, striking the deputy in the leg,” Simmons said at the scene. “The deputy returned fire.”

The sheriff did not release the names of the deputy or the deceased man. He did describe the man that was killed as a white male who appeared to be in the mid-50s.

The injured deputy was expected to be released from the hospital as early as Wednesday.

“I just left the hospital; I spoke to him and his family,” Simmons said. “He was hit in the leg; the injuries do not appear life threatening. He will probably be admitted and just stay overnight for observation. At this point, he looks to be OK.

As is standard in all officer involved shootings, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.


11 Responses to “Escambia County Deputy Shot, Suspect Killed Tuesday Night”

  1. Chris J Paul on October 21st, 2021 8:29 am

    Good shot LEO

  2. ROBERT on October 20th, 2021 11:39 am

    Well that’s how the law shoot me and I have the right to shoot you back and defend my life. And to shoot at what you know is an armed cop is too stupid to understand. Glad the deputy will recover and the idiot is where he belongs.

  3. Randy on October 20th, 2021 10:08 am

    Good job Deputy, glad You’re not seriously injured! Another vermin off the streets.

  4. Bag on October 20th, 2021 9:08 am

    These men risk here lives everyday. Praying the officer has a full recovery. Thanks to all at the ecso.

  5. J.Larry Seale on October 20th, 2021 8:09 am

    I am very happy for his recovery……needs a
    we should get ready for more of this kind
    of attack on our law officers.
    with all the trash that has moved in to Escambia
    county more is coming.
    this used to be a quite navy town, never moor…….

  6. Charles Wright on October 20th, 2021 7:45 am

    Unreal. God bless this deputy. I hope he is ok!!!!!

    You couldn’t pay me 100K to be a cop. Every time I turn on the news another officer is being killed or injured. That is way to risky in my opinion. I have a family to feed.

    I am so glad someone has the fortitude to do the job. Public safety should be our #1 topic and priority when it comes to anything.

    I support police fire ems corrections dispatchers and all first responsers!

    I hate taxes but if there is an increase to give first responders a raise or better training, then I’m all in for that!

  7. BT on October 20th, 2021 6:32 am

    It’s no surprise in escambia co Florida these trained officers do what a trained officer is supposed to do. Look if you come to this part of the world DONT expect to do things like they do in Chicago or Portland or any of the places that people don’t care about. This is Pensacola and it is different and here is the best part we the people of this part of the world

  8. Gregory Mcintosh on October 20th, 2021 6:09 am

    Play stupid games. Win stupid prizes.

  9. StraightShooter on October 20th, 2021 6:01 am

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Good job ECSO.

  10. Well on October 20th, 2021 4:55 am

    You need to bump those folks pay again.
    It’s wild enough with them on the streets.

    Imagine not having them.
    Thanks to all our dedicated LEO.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Sir !!!

  11. billy on October 20th, 2021 3:35 am

    God bless you deputy………Im praying for you…….thanks