• Breanna Johns

TPD off-duty officer injured in attempt to stop vehicle burglary

A burglary gone wrong in Tallahassee, Fla., led to a hit- and-run and shooting. According to WCTV, “It happened just before midnight Sunday in Summerbrooke in northeast Tallahassee, off Bannerman Road.”

Darren Silsbee’s Dodge Ram truck was parked in his driveway when his neighbor, who was an off-duty Tallahassee Police officer, spotted a person going through the pick-up truck.

According to WCTV, “When the off-duty officer approached the suspect, police say the suspect hit the officer with his car and drove off. Police say that’s when the off-duty officer fired at the suspects’ vehicle.”

Silsbee says, "It was scary coming out here and seeing all the lights. It looked like half of TPD was out front. It made us feel safe at that point because all the police were here," he said. "But, it was pretty upsetting knowing that somebody was outside our home and doing something wrong."

Kris Slayden, who lives nearby was awakened by the shooting, said, "You realize what gunfire really sounds like. It does sound a lot like fireworks or banging. It was pretty loud. To be two doors down and to hear it so clearly is kind of surprising."

Later, the suspect's car was found at the Shell Gas Station on Bannerman Road, but the suspect was nowhere to be found. According to WCTV, “At this time it is unknown if the suspect or multiple suspects were injured.”

The off-duty officer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Silsbee says, “he's grateful the officer stepped in.”