Deputy Sheriff John Mecklenburg / Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, July 3, 2011
Biographical Info: Age: 35 / Tour of Duty: 2 years, 6 months
Badge Number: 1099 / Military veteran
Incident Details: Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit / Date of Incident: July 3, 2011
Weapon Used: Automobile / Suspect Info: Apprehended
His cruiser caught fire upon impact, but other officers in the pursuit were able to extinguish the flames. He was flown to a hospital in Tampa where he succumbed to his injuries. Another deputy was also injured earlier in the pursuit when his vehicle crashed.