2 Sheriff’s Deputies Found Dead In St. Augustine, Florida

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St. Augustine, FLA. – Officials say two Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies who were in a romantic relationship were found dead at a rental home in St. Augustine Saturday.

According to WFLA, ‘other fellow deputies on vacation with the couple said they heard arguing from a bedroom followed by gunshots.’

Detective Daniel Leyden was identified as the shooter who killed the deputy before turning the gun on himself.

“Our Sheriff’s Office family is still reeling from the shock of this unthinkable tragedy,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “My prayers for strength and comfort are with the families and loved ones of these deputies, and every member of Team HCSO affected by this painful loss. Violence is never a solution, and I urge any employee who is dealing with a crisis to take advantage of the many resources our agency has created over the past several years which include Peer Support, Chaplains, and a clinical psychologist. Help is just a phone call away.”

No further details were available. The investigation is ongoing.

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