Authorities say a central Florida deputy was fatally shot while responding to a car burglary call in Windermere.
Officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine saw a suspect sitting in a car with a woman late Monday. The suspect started to run and the deputy pursued him.
Investigators said Pine chased the suspect through the backyard of a home when the suspect shot the deputy. Pine collapsed from his injuries and later died at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Authorities said the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Benjamin Holtermann, was found dead in a nearby neighborhood. Authorities said it doesn't appear the deputy fired at him, so they are trying to determine whether the suspect shot himself.
The woman with Holtermann during the initial burglary call is identified as 18-year-old Erica Pugh. Authorities say she is being charged with multiple counts of burglary and grand theft.
Investigators say Pugh was interviewed by detectives and confessed to a recent armed robbery, which occurred in the area of Hiawassee and Old Winter Garden Road.
"Our work is just beginning," said Capt. Angelo Nieves with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "Not only the investigative phase, but the tragedy that we now have to endure with the family and try and help them."
Pine, 34, is survived by a wife and three small children. He had been employed by the Sheriff's Office since 2011.
"The citizens of Orange County lost a true hero who was tragically killed patrolling the streets of our community," Sheriff Jerry Demings said. "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."
During a news conference on Tuesday evening, Sheriff Demings said that Deputy Pine had "patrolled, and wanted to bring to an end" a rash of burglaries in the Apopka Vineland Corridor.
"I got a phone call last night that there had been a deputy shooting," said Larry Lockwood of the Orange County Sheriff's Fraternal Order of Police.
Lockwood said he went to the hospital when he found out what happened.
"By the time I left, there was probably over 100 that had shown up, and it's just something we actually do. We're a breed that wants to help society, so if something like this happens, we come together and support each other."
Lockwood said donations are being accepted to assist the family at any Orlando Federal Credit Union, under Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine's name.