Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-691

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 24, 2018
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    Statement From Sheriff Chad Chronister

    One of our deputies was involved in a tragic event.
    • Monday
    • September 24, 2018
    • Time: 2:33 PM
    • Hillsborough County

    Statement from Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister:

    Unfortunately last night, one of our deputies was involved in a tragic event where he took his wife's life and then his own. I cannot begin to express how disheartened I am. Domestic Violence has no place in our society.

    I ask that everyone join me and the rest of our office and pray for those innocent children who are left behind and have to pick up the pieces. This is something that is impossible to comprehend for even the most seasoned person.  Please keep them in your hearts as we all try to make our way through this tragedy.

    We have made every resource within our Employee Assistance programs available to any employee who may be struggling. This remains an active Pasco County Sheriff's Office investigation.

    Name: Deputy Kirk M. Keithley
    Age: 39 years old

    Date of Hire: 6/15/2009
    Time with HCSO: 9 years, 3 months
    Worked in District 2 as a Patrol Deputy
    Hired with previous law enforcement experience
    St. Petersburg Police Department 2003-2009

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