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An Orange County, Fla., sheriff's deputy was shot and killed on Monday, February 10, 2014. The shooter was a suspect pertaining to in-progress auto burglaries to which law enforcement responded.

Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine, 34, arrived on scene and encountered a male he suspected of the auto break-ins. Once Deputy Pine transmitted to OCSO dispatchers his location and that he was about to conduct an investigatory stop and attempt to question the male suspect's purpose of being in the area, the subsequent transmissions from Pine was that he was engaged in a foot pursuit of the subject.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, other responding deputies arrived and found Deputy Pine unconscious with three gunshot wounds; two struck his ballistic vest, a third traveled where his body was unprotected by the bullet-proof vest, penetrating his body, per Orange County Sheriff's Office reports.

As back-up deputies rendered first-aid to Deputy Pine, they heard additional gunshots in the vicinity. A few deputies investigating the source of the gunfire located a male laying on the ground, identified as Benjamin Holtermann, 28, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, according to OCSO police reports.

The male was subsequently identified as the suspect whom Deputy Pine had attempted to conduct the investigatory stop.

A second suspect, Erica Pugh, 18, identified as the dead suspect's girlfriend, was apprehended and remains in custody at the Orange County jail.

Deputy Pine had been an Orange County deputy for two years. Pine leaves behind a wife and three young children.

Deputy Pine is the first Florida law enforcement officer to perish in the line of duty in 2014, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP).

Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Scott Pine will be laid to rest on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Woodlawn Cemetery after a full-honors police church service at Orlando First Baptist Church.


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