Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Pinellas

Memorial fund for fallen Pinellas deputy announced

Donations to the Deputy Michael J. Magli Memorial Fund can be made at SunTrust Bank locations, deputies said. They’ll benefit the family of the deputy, who was killed in the line of duty this week.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Cheryl Gimenez places flowers in honor of Deputy Michael Magli on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at a memorial at the Sheriff's Office's headquarters in Largo. Magli was killed while attempting to deploy stop sticks on a suspect on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in East Lake.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Cheryl Gimenez places flowers in honor of Deputy Michael Magli on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at a memorial at the Sheriff's Office's headquarters in Largo. Magli was killed while attempting to deploy stop sticks on a suspect on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in East Lake. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Feb. 19
Updated Feb. 19

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has created a fund to benefit the family of a deputy killed in the line of duty this week, the agency announced Friday.

Deputy Michael Magli, 30, died Wednesday after deputies said a drunken driver slammed into him as Magli tried to deploy tire-deflating stop sticks during a pursuit. The driver, Robert Allen Holzaepfel, faces a slew of charges, including first-degree murder.

Related: Pinellas community mourns deputy killed in line of duty

Those interested in donating to the Deputy Michael J. Magli Memorial Fund can do so at any SunTrust Bank location, deputies said. They expected to announce funeral arrangements Friday.

Magli’s death marked the first time in the 100-plus-year history of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office that a deputy has died in the line of duty.

Deputies said Holzaepfel was driving drunkenly and recklessly when he slammed into Magli. On Friday, they announced that Holzaepfel’s blood alcohol level was 0.23 at the time of the crash — nearly three times the point at which Florida law presumes impairment.

According to the American Addiction Centers, for a man of Holzaepfel’s size — an arrest report lists him at 175 pounds — a .23 level would be roughly the result of having eight drinks in an hour, or more drinks spread over more time.

Holzaepfel also was arrested in 2014 in Manatee County on a DUI charge. In that case, his blood alcohol level was .250, according to arrest reports.

Deputies are also looking to speak with people whose vehicles were damaged in crashes around the same area and time, they said. Those would have occurred on East Lake Road north of Forelock Road and at the intersection of Keystone Road and Woodfield Boulevard between 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. They’re also seeking videos of any such crashes. People with information are asked to call (727) 582-6215 or email jsyersjr@pcsonet.com.