Two Deputies Found Dead With Gunshot Wounds at Florida Rental Home

Two deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have been found dead from gunshot wounds in St Augustine, Florida.

The deputies were in a romantic relationship and their bodies were found at a vacation rental home they were staying at with fellow officers.

The shooting occurred on Saturday at the 5300 block of A1A South. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office issued a press release about the incident the following day.

"We have learned that the deputies involved, who were in a romantic relationship, were heard arguing in a bedroom by fellow deputies on vacation with them just prior to the sound of gunshots," the statement said.

"Both deputies were discovered with fatal gunshot wounds.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that the gunshot wound to Detective Daniel Leyden appears to be self-inflicted and that he was the sole shooter."

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident and trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

Sheriff Chad Chronister issued a statement calling on officers to utilize the support services they have in place if they feel overwhelmed.

"Our Sheriff's Office family is still reeling from the shock of this unthinkable tragedy. My prayers for strength and comfort are with the families and loved ones of these deputies, and every member of team HCSO affected by this painful loss," Chronister said.

"Violence is never a solution, and I urge any employee who is dealing with a crisis to take advantage of the many resources our agency has created over the past several years.

"[These] include Peer Support, Chaplains, and a clinical psychologist. Help is just a phone call away."

Newsweek has contacted St. Johns County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Earlier this month Newsweek reported on an incident where a Texas sheriff's deputy died from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Deputy Amanda Crowder and her boyfriend allegedly had an argument at a bar on Washington Avenue in the early hours of Monday, January 17.

Crowder, who was off-duty, sustained a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound according to HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

After the shooting, Crowder's boyfriend, a firefighter, pulled over at Houston Fire Department Station 6 on Washington Avenue for help. Crowder was later hospitalized but died from her injuries.

"It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the death of our deputy. Please keep her, her family and our agency in your thoughts and prayers," Gonzalez tweeted.

He later added: "Previously, [Crowder] served as a peace officer with Metro Police Department for nearly three years. She will be missed, may she rest in peace."

The Houston Police Department is now carrying out an investigation into Crowder's death.

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