Updated: Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed, Another Wounded

LCSO Deputy Christopher Smith

As the greater Tallahassee community healed after Thursday’s FSU school shooting, more tragedy struck.  Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher L. Smith, responding to a house fire, was ambushed and murdered as he arrived at the scene Saturday.  The suspect, Curtis Wade Holley, took the deputy’s gun and began firing it as he walked down the 3700 block of Caracas Court.  Deputy Colin Wulfekuhl was shot and wounded by the suspect.

Tallahassee Police Department Officers Mark Lewis and Scott Angulo came on scene.  Ofc. Lewis tried to help Dep. Smith, but was fired upon by Holley.  Tallahassee Fire Department personnel were also shot at and least one fire engine was seen racing backward down the street.  Dep. Wulfekuhl continued to engage the shooter even though he had been hit in his bullet resistant vest.  Holley was subsequently killed by Ofc. Angulo.

Holley apparently harbored anti-government opinions and sought to ambush and kill as many first responders as he could.  The house fire was set with the intent to draw in his targets.

“These first responders performed their duty bravely, with courage and with honor.  They are the reason that this casualty count is not higher than what it is,” said LCSO Lt. James McQuaig.  The officers and deputies were credited with saving the lives of the firefighters and innocent citizens.

Dep. Smith, 47, is survived by a wife and two children.  He had been an LCSO patrol deputy since 2009.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

Randall

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4 Responses to Updated: Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed, Another Wounded

  1. jnc36rcpd says:

    Condolences to the family, friends, and department.

    I make it a point to always have a ballistic vest ready to go. At first, this was just in case I got called in. After the death of an off-duty NYPD officers who intervened in a burglary next door, I realized that it was a good idea to have one ready in case something pops off near my house.

    • Randall says:

      Agreed, jnc. You never know when the situation will go south and an armed and prepared response will be necessary to save lives. I carried my off duty gun and spare mag at the mall today…

      Randall

  2. Aaron E says:

    Very good points jnc, I have one at home but it wasn’t in a very “ready” position. I will remedy that immediately.

    My condolences to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. I lived in Tallahassee for nearly 10 years in the 80’s and 90’s, and worked an internship at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office as a part of my final semester of college. My high school and middle school resource officers were both deputies. The deputies were a great group of dedicated law enforcement officers, and this loss really touches home for me.

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