Hillsborough Sheriff’s Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr. lost his life overnight when his marked cruiser was struck head-on by a vehicle driven west in the eastbound lanes of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway early this morning. Dep. Kotfila is the first Florida law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in 2016. The errant driver also died as a result of the crash.
Sadly, Dep. Kotfila was just 30 years old. He had been on the job at HCSO for six years. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the agency.