Florida Sheriff's Deputy Released From Hospital After Being Struck by Fleeing Suspect

July 9, 2024
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy Kalin Hall was attempting to pull over a suspect last week when he was intentionally rammed by the driver.

A Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy, who was seriously injured after he was struck by a fleeing suspect last week, has been released from the hospital.

Deputy Kalin Hall attempted to make a traffic stop on a black BMW on Bearss Avenue near Nebraska Avenue in Tampa around 12:05 a.m. when the suspect fled at a high rate of speed. At 12:25 a.m., the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for a second time at Plantation Oaks Drive. When the deputy exited his patrol vehicle, the suspect intentionally ran him over and fled the scene, according to officials. Detectives later found the suspect's vehicle abandoned approximately a mile from the second stop.

"This suspect's actions have no regard for human life, choosing to ram a deputy without considering that his reckless actions could tragically impact the deputy's life," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement following the incident. "Our deputies come to work committed to making a difference in their community with every call for service, but also knowing how dangerous this career can be, putting their lives on the line every day."

The 33-year-old 11-year veteran of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was transported to Tampa General Hospital with a fractured leg and underwent surgery. He was released from the hospital a day later and was welcomed by a crowd of friends, family and co-workers outside.

"Deputy Hall's anticipated full recovery brings immense relief to all of us," Chronister said in a statement. "His dedication to Hillsborough County is immeasurable, from his outstanding contributions within the HCSO K9 unit to his vigilant efforts in DUI operations. He embodies our commitment to keeping the community safe."

The investigation remains active as detectives pursue every lead to ensure the suspect responsible for this heinous attack is brought to justice.

"This marks the fourth time in less than a year that our deputies have faced brazen and violent attacks," Chronister said. "This criminal and horrific behavior is reprehensible and will not be tolerated. While there are those who seek to disturb our community's safety and well-being, we are proud to serve a community that stands firmly behind our deputies. We are deeply thankful for the community's unwavering support for Deputy Hall during this time."

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