FL deputy shot multiple times fights for life; manhunt for Army vet convicted of sex with minor underway

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Update: Gregory Ryan Miedema has reportedly been shot and killed after breaking into a home in Dixie County and exchanging gunfire with a homeowner, according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

A “blue alert” manhunt is or was underway for a U.S. Army veteran who the Florida Highway Patrol says allegedly shot a deputy sheriff multiple times on Tuesday night in the northern part of the state.

The suspected gunman is reportedly a registered sex offender pursuant to a 2011 conviction while he was in the service.

In a just-released update, however, authorities say the suspect is “no longer at large,” without explaining further, ABC Tallahassee affiliate WTXL reported.

A press conference is scheduled for noon on Wednesday to provide further details.

Authorities have not yet released any information as to what led up to the shooting of the unidentified Taylor County deputy who was airlifted from the scene to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to a prior news release from the Sarasota County, Fla., Sheriff’s office, the alleged suspect “was convicted in 2011 while serving the in the U.S. Army on one count of Lewd or Lascivious Battery, Intercourse with a Victim 12 to 15 Years Old and one count of Possession of Child Pornography. He was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison followed by two months of probation.”

The alleged suspect also appears to be listed as a registered sex offender on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement database. According to that database, the suspect is purportedly a resident of Lee County, Fla., in the Fort Myers area,

The incident occurred about 70 miles southeast of Tallahassee and near the town of Salem.

Authorities issue a blue alert when an officer is in peril in the line of duty and a threat to the public or other cops exists. It is usually initiated by the local law enforcement bureau that has jurisdiction over an alleged crime.

Blue alerts are shared via the state’s emergency notifications system on cell phones, on various media platforms, and on highway message boards.

In the earlier social media posting from the FDLE, the agency said that “A Florida Blue Alert has been issued for Gregory Ryan Miedema, last seen in Perry, Florida. He may be traveling in a 2000, gold Chrysler Sebring, FL tag number Y78TKU. The vehicle has a dark colored convertible top. If located, DO NOT APPROACH. Call 911.”

Perry, Fla, is about 50 miles southeast of Tallahassee.

The suspect is reportedly age 33, and is 5’8” and 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

No updates about the deputy’s condition have been announced as of this writing.

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.

Watch a report on this incident from ABC Action News Tampa Bay:



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