Seven deputies have been suspended without pay because of their rowdy behavior at a bar. Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight said Thursday that an investigation began after an anonymous letter detailed the deputies' actions on May 27. According to an internal affairs report, the undercover anti-drug team members ordered dozens of alcoholic drinks, hassled waitresses and patrons, and snapped illicit pictures of themselves in the restroom.
2 deputies shot; bicyclist killed
Two Polk County sheriff's deputies were shot by a bicyclist during a traffic stop Friday. Sheriff Grady Judd said several burglaries had been reported in the area, and Matthew Tutt, 21, appeared to fit the description of the burglar. Authorities say Tutt cooperated at first, but when the deputies asked to search him, he pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and began shooting. The deputies returned fire, killing him. One deputy was shot in the stomach and left arm. The other was shot in his extremities.
Inmate is killed in fight at prison
An inmate was reportedly killed in a fight with another inmate at a state prison in southwest Florida. The Florida Corrections Department reported that Michael L. Parker, 38, died Thursday from apparent stab wounds. The prison had a suspect, but the case was still under investigation. Parker was serving 30 years for armed robbery and kidnapping.