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Tampa police officer dies of COVID-19 complications

Matthew Coleman, 37, was a field training officer in District II. He previously worked for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Tampa police Officer Matthew S. Coleman, 37, has died following complications from the coronavirus, according to the Tampa Police Department.
Tampa police Officer Matthew S. Coleman, 37, has died following complications from the coronavirus, according to the Tampa Police Department. [ Photo provided / Tampa Police Department, via Facebook ]
Published Sep. 15
Updated Sep. 16

A 37-year-old Tampa police officer has died following complications from the coronavirus, according to the Tampa Police Department.

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Officer Matthew S. Coleman’s death was announced by the department in a Facebook post Wednesday evening.

Coleman, a field training officer in District II, had worked at the Tampa Police Department since Sept. 30, 2014, officials said.

Before becoming a Tampa police officer, he had worked at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, starting there in June 2008, according to the post.

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Coleman leaves behind a wife and children, police said.

The Tampa Police Department responded to our requests for additional information Thursday with a short statement that said, “We have released what the family has respectfully asked us to make public. We will not be doing interviews or answering questions regarding the officer at this time.”

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Donations to the family may be made through the Tampa Police Benevolent Association.

At least 37 law enforcement officers in Florida have have lost their lives to the coronavirus, according to a compiled list available on the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Tampa Bay area deaths include St. Petersburg police Officer Michael Weiskopf, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Broadhead, Det. Tom Breedlove with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Raymond Orinn Williamson of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Douglas Clark and Robert Pacchiarotti, a reserve officer with the Port Richey Police Department.

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