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Homeland Security raids home of decorated St. Pete police officer

Officer Matthew Enhoffer has not been charged with a crime. Authorities declined to say why he’s under investigation.

ST. PETERSBURG — The criminal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security raided the home of a decorated St. Petersburg police officer, the department confirmed Friday.

Agents carried out the federal search warrant Wednesday at the home of Officer Matthew Enhoffer, police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said. As of Friday, he had not been arrested or charged with a crime.

Enhoffer was awarded the department’s highest honor four years ago for his role in an exchange of gunfire that left another officer wounded and claimed the life of a troubled teen.

The department placed Enhoffer on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Fernandez said. Should charges arise, that status would change to unpaid.

The Police Department and Homeland Security declined to say why Enhoffer is under investigation. Fernandez referred questions to Homeland Security and the agency declined to release more information, citing the ongoing investigation.

Enhoffer could not be reached for comment Friday. Someone who answered a phone number assigned to Enhoffer declined to comment.

The warrant was served by Homeland Security Investigations, a division that looks into crimes including human trafficking, weapons smuggling and intellectual property rights, said spokeswoman Tammy Spicer.

The division is part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency also tasked with enforcing immigration law.

Enhoffer was sworn in as a St. Petersburg police officer in May 2010. He resigned in October 2013 and was rehired in January 2015. He is a patrol officer assigned to District 2, the east side of the city from downtown to the Gandy area.

In an incident during May 2015, an 18-year-old with a history of mental illness pointed a gun at Enhoffer then shot another officer in the leg. The teen asked the officers to kill him then shot at them again. Enhoffer fired two rounds from a shotgun, striking and killing the teen.

Enhoffer and the wounded officer were awarded the rarely bestowed Medal of Valor for their actions that day.

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