Deputy Metroka was injured after being involved in a hit and run on November 29, 1997, and died of his injuries on December 15, 1997. Deputy Metroka and his canine partner were traveling westbound when another vehicle struck his patrol car. The suspect, a convicted felon, got out of his vehicle and approached the patrol car before fleeing the scene after removing a gun from his wrecked rental car. K9 Woedon, Deputy Metroka’s partner, exited the vehicle and chased the suspect before returning to stay with him until rescue crews arrived. The suspect was captured a short time later and has been charged with manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other charges.
Subject: Michael Lee Brown / Convicted – Incarcerated until 2033 / Sumter Correctional Institution – Bushnell, Florida.
Deputy Metroka had served with the agency for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, mother, and sister.