Migrant driving front-end loader strikes and kills Florida deputy

By Patrick Reilly |  New York Post

An illegal migrant driving a front-end loader allegedly struck and killed a veteran Florida deputy before fleeing the scene on Thursday night — prompting a frantic manhunt that ended in the suspect’s arrest.

The fatal crash took place as Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Hartwick was working a traffic detail at a construction site along highway I-275 around 10:40 p.m., Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters at a press conference Friday.

“This guy that we have in custody is here illegally and he fled, as he said, because he became afraid after he killed the deputy,” Gualtieri said.