UPDATED- DISPATCH AUDIO- Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed and Firefighters Ambushed during Response to House Fire


Press Release: Leon County Sheriff’s Office
November 23, 2014 – 12:30pm

Leon County Sheriff’s Office has identified the law enforcement officer killed in the November 22 shooting in the Plantation Woods Subdivision as 47-year-old Deputy Christopher Smith.

According to Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Smith and Deputy Colin Wulfekuhl were responding to a call about a house fire in the Plantation Woods subdivision when the suspect ambushed Smith and killed him. Deputy Wulfekuhl was wounded when the suspect shot him, but his bulletproof vest stopped the bullet.


Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect for an estimated 12-13 minutes, until the suspect was shot and killed.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as 53-year-old Curtis Wade Holley.

Law enforcement officials stated that Holley had previously expressed anti-government sentiments and that he had discussed harming law enforcement. They believe Holley intentionally set his house ablaze with the intent of harming as many law enforcement officials as possible.

The case is still considered to be under investigation.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The funeral service for fallen LCSO Deputy Christopher Smith is set for Tuesday. Smith was ambushed, shot and killed while responding to a house fire on Saturday.

The Funeral Service for Deputy Christopher L. Smith will be held on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, at 12:00pm at Bradfordville First Baptist Church, 6494 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. Interment will follow at Oakfield Cemetery 2462 Waukeenah Highway, Monticello, Florida (about 30 miles east of Tallahassee in Jefferson County).

Press Release: Leon County Sheriff’s Office
November 22, 2014 – 4:15pm

At 10:15 a.m. on November 22, 2014, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Tallahassee Police Department and the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a house fire at 3722 Caracus Court. As the deputies arrived on scene first, the suspect launched an armed ambush attack. One deputy was immediately shot and killed. The other deputy engaged the suspect and was shot also. The suspect took the fallen deputy’s firearm and began walking North on Caracus Court actively shooting at the first responders as they arrived on the scene.

Responders from the Tallahassee Fire Department were also shot at by the suspect as they arrived to fight the fire. Tallahassee Police Officers responded to the area and engaged the suspect, shooting him and killing him.

Multiple agencies have responded to the scene and are assisting with this investigation as it continues to unfold. Members of the Tallahassee Police Department, the Tallahassee Fire Department, Leon County Emergency Medical Services, the State Attorney’s Office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

This incident is still active and on-going.

LCSO will hold a press briefing at 12pm Sunday.

Press Release: City of Tallahassee
November 22, 2014 – 4:35pm

Tallahassee Fire and Police this morning, November 22, responded to an incident where a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy was killed in the Plantation Woods Subdivision in Leon County. Another deputy was wounded and the suspect was also killed. Details are still unfolding with City emergency responders assisting the Sheriff’s Office, which is the lead agency on the incident.

“Our fire and law enforcement officers put the safety of others above all else,” said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. “It is almost unimaginable that a call for help turned into the ambush of a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy and the shooting of another deputy by the assailant. Every one of these first responders is a hero and our hearts go out to them and their families.”

“As a community, the events of this week – that I can only describe as senseless violence – are troublesome and weigh heavy on our hearts,” he added. “Yet, how we come together as a community will make us stronger and bring us closer together. I know the people of Tallahassee will remain united as we pull together to support the victims, law enforcement and each other.”

Tallahassee Fire and Police will work closely in partnership with the Leon County Sheriff’s Department as more information becomes available.


By: Eyewitness News
November 22, 2014 – 12:24 pm

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office confirms that one deputy has been killed on the scene of a shooting in the Plantation Woods Subdivision. LCSO also says the suspect is dead.

At 10:15 this morning deputies were notified of a house fire in the 3700 block of Caracus Court in Tallahassee.

The first responding deputy was shot and killed. The suspect then took the deputy’s weapon and shot and wounded a second deputy.

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