Orange County deputy killed in the line of duty

OCSO: "We ask for prayers for the family."

By Stacey Readout - Assistant News Director

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A deputy was shot and killed during an investigation early Tuesday morning in central Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a gated community near Conroy Road and Apopka Vineland Road just before 11 p.m. on Monday.

The suspect took off and deputies set up a perimeter to look for him. After about an hour, 34-year-old Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine spotted him, stopped him, then the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Benjamin Holtermann, took off.

Pine ran after Holtermann, who fired a shot, investigators said.

They said Pine continued to run after Holtermann, despite being shot.

Other deputies reported hearing more gunshots over their radio.  

Pine was taken to a hospital, where he died Tuesday morning. Holtermann was found dead on the scene. Deputies said there was not an exchange of gunfire, so they believe Holtermann took his own life.

A woman who was with Holtermann was questioned early Tuesday morning.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office confirmed both deaths in a tweet around 4 a.m. It also said, "OCSO is grief stricken. We ask for prayers for the family."

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings also released this statement: "The citizens of Orange County lost a true hero who was tragically killed patrolling the streets of our community. I ask the community for their prayers for our fallen deputy's family which includes a wife and three small children. Thank you for your continued support as we go through these trying times together."

Pine had been with the Orange County Sheriff's Office since January 2011.

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