Florida deputy killed in hit-and-run, suspect in custody after manhunt
September 23, 2022 at 17:41
The Florida man suspected of accidentally hitting and killing a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy has been taken into custody.
A construction worker who was suspected of killing Deputy Michael Hartwick at a construction area on Interstate 275 late Thursday had been on the run for nearly 10 hours.
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Vazquez-Real faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, a second-degree felony, Gualtieri said.
He told a co-worker that he had hit the deputy and made a phone call to someone else.
The co-worker helped Vazquez by hiding his construction vest and helmet in a wooded area.
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He had been assigned to the area to provide safety for construction crews and was standing outside his cruiser when he was killed.
"Deputy Hartwick is survived by his two adult sons.
"Deputy Hartwick was doing what cops do every day.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPA procession for Hartwick drove through Pinellas County at 7 a.m. on Friday.
The sheriff's office said that the interstate had been closed due to the fatal crash, with delays expected until midday.