Sheriff: 23-year-old Florida deputy killed in the line of duty was 'promising, kind young man'

(Charlotte County Sheriff's Office) Charlotte County, FL – On the evening of November 22, 2022, Deputy Christopher Taylor #3624, was fatally struck...

December 1, 2022
4:14 AM

(Charlotte County Sheriff's Office) Charlotte County, FL – On the evening of November 22, 2022, Deputy Christopher Taylor #3624, was fatally struck by a motorist while conducting a traffic stop on I-75 near mile marker 163 in Punta Gorda. Life-saving measures were given on the scene by Good Samaritans and later by Taylor's brothers and sisters in green. Deputy Taylor was trauma transported to Punta Gorda ShorePoint Health and regrettably succumbed to his injuries. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Cassandra Smith, called 911 after losing control of her Jeep and veering across three lanes into the shoulder striking the deputy's patrol vehicle which in turn hit the deputy.

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