Florida Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Cruiser Crash

Polk County Deputy Joseph "Shane" Robbins was killed in a crash while on duty Friday morning.

A veteran Polk County deputy was killed in a crash in Winter Haven Friday morning.

Deputy Joseph "Shane" Robbins, 40, was found unresponsive inside the wreckage of his cruiser following the crash on Bomber Road around 9:15 a.m., according to The Orlando Sentinel.

The 15-year veteran of the agency was pulled from the car and transported to Winter Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the cause of the crash.

Robbins started his career with the sheriff's office in 1998 and has worked as both a homicide detective and a Special Victims Unit detective. He was currently serving as a patrol deputy in the Northeast district of Polk County.

"Shane served his community with dedication and pride," sheriff's office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer said in a statement. "His care and concern for others was as much a part of his daily duties as enforcing the law."

Robbins is survived by his wife, Alisa, and their five children.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Officer.com will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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