Duty is calling another officer away from the Crystal River Police Department.
Cpl. Brian Coleman, who serves with the U.S. Coast Guard, will be leaving soon for Kuwait.
Coleman has been called to active duty before. On Sept. 11, 2001, he left to patrol waters outside Boston.
This kind of development is not unique in the Crystal River department. For more than a year, the force has been without patrol Officer Dan Slingerland, who is with a military reserve unit.
And earlier, military duties temporarily pulled Mike and Kat Klyap away from the department. Kat Klyap now works for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
Coleman declined comment for this story.
On Jan. 20, two new patrol officers started working, said interim Chief Gordon Rowland. Greg Ransom and Wayne Sblano are both from New York.
The force should have at least 20 officers, Rowland said, including the interim chief.
"We keep going up and down," he said.
With Coleman leaving, Slingerland already gone, and one officer position still open, the department will be down three people.
But Rowland doesn't seem worried about being a little short-staffed.
"We're missing those three people, but we're doing good," he said.
"We can keep up the security and peace in the city."
In other law enforcement news:
A 26-year-old Homosassa man was arrested early Thursday after he was accused of striking two women he lives with, then running from law officers.
Jeremiah Franklin Smith eventually was caught by the Citrus County sheriff's canine unit and was bitten on his right leg, according to an arrest report. He was charged with resisting an officer with violence, domestic battery and battery.
Smith remained at the Citrus County jail Thursday afternoon with bail set at $10,000.
There were no obvious injuries to Lisa Shanks, 23, but her 43-year-old mother, Patricia Shanks-Renes, had a gash above her mouth, an injury she said she got while trying to stop Smith from hurting her daughter any more, the report said.
She refused medical treatment. Smith was evaluated at the scene and then taken to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center for treatment.
_ Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at 860-7312 or sgonzalessptimes.com.