Wednesday, February 21

Florida deputy fights for his life after being shot by gunman 


Former US Army soldier who was convicted of having sex with a minor is hunted after Florida deputy is shot multiple times: Officer fighting for his life after being air-lifted

  • Gregory Ryan Miedema, 33, is suspected of shooting a cop late Tuesday night
  • The registered sex offender was last seen on US 19 near Deer Run Road in Perry 
  • He may be traveling in a 2000 gold Chrysler Sebring with a Florida license plate tag Y78TKU. The vehicle has a dark-colored convertible top
  • The gravely wounded unidentified Taylor County deputy was air-lifted with life-threatening injuries, according to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson 
  • Miedema was convicted in 2011 while serving in the U.S. Army on one count of sex with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography
  • He was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison followed by two months of probation 


Florida police are hunting for a convicted child molester who allegedly shot a sheriff’s deputy multiple times late Tuesday night. 

The gravely wounded unidentified Taylor County deputy was air-lifted with life-threatening injuries, according to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson. 

A Blue Alert was issued shortly after 11:30 p.m. for the suspected gunman, who was identified as Gregory Ryan Miedema, 33. 

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He was last seen on US 19 near Deer Run Road in Perry, about 50 miles southeast of Tallahassee.

The incident happened six miles south of Salem, according to the FHP.

Police did not provide details of what led to the shooting. 

Gregory Ryan Miedema, 33, is suspected of shooting a Florida deputy late Tuesday night

Gregory Ryan Miedema, 33, is suspected of shooting a Florida deputy late Tuesday night

The convicted child molester was last seen driving a Chrysler convertible in northern Florida

The convicted child molester was last seen driving a Chrysler convertible in northern Florida

Miedema was convicted in 2011 while serving in the U.S. Army on one count of sex with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography

Miedema was convicted in 2011 while serving in the U.S. Army on one count of sex with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography

Miedema, a registered sex offender, was convicted in 2011 while serving in the U.S. Army on one count of sex with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.

He was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison followed by two months of probation, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, which lists the state’s offenders. 

Miedema, who is listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, recently relocated and moved to Sarasota. 

The ex-con was not under the supervision of the Florida Department of Corrections, however, he was not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare facility, park or playground. 

He may be traveling in a 2000 gold Chrysler Sebring with a Florida License plate tag Y78TKU. The vehicle has a dark-colored convertible top. He was reportedly wearing a dark tank top.

Law enforcement officials warned not to approach the dangerous former soldier.

A Blue Alert is issued if a law enforcement officer is seriously injured, killed by a subject or becomes missing while in the line of duty under circumstances causing concern for the law enforcement officer’s safety. 

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