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DeLand police officer hits 2 with patrol car, killing 1

West Volusia police news

West Volusia police news

A Wednesday-night crash involving a DeLand police officer left one pedestrian dead and another injured, according to city spokesman Chris Graham.

The incident happened at 11:17 p.m., when a DeLand Police Department patrol car driven by Officer Tony Tagle hit two pedestrians near the intersection of North Woodland Boulevard and East South Street.

Tagle was driving northbound when the two pedestrians apparently walked into traffic, Graham said. Both pedestrians were taken to Florida Hospital DeLand, where one of them later died.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Tagle, who was hired in June 2014, has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation by FHP.

Once that investigation is complete, the DeLand Police Department will conduct an internal review.

Tagle has only one disciplinary action on file with the department.

In May 2015, he attempted to stop a vehicle traveling in the vicinity of Plymouth Avenue at Hill Avenue, when the vehicle fled. He believed the driver of the Lincoln Navigator had outstanding felony warrants.

According to the Police Department file, Tagle attempted to catch up to the vehicle, but did not activate his emergency lights, and eventually lost sight of the vehicle.

An investigation later showed Tagle's vehicle traveled up to 78 mph during the attempted stop. As punishment, his command staff recommended he be suspended without pay for eight hours, but then-Chief Bill Ridgway decided he only be given a letter of reprimand, in consideration Tagle admitting responsibility for his actions and the relatively short distance of the incident. 

 

— Anthony DeFeo, anthony@beacononlinenews.com

 
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