Police officer killed, sheriff’s deputy injured in separate hit-and-runs


Photo: This is D/S Adam Pennell’s patrol car where it was parked when a vehicle left the road into the median & struck him & a citizen 25-year-old

Deputy Sheriff Adam Pennell, who is assigned to the Southeast District, was enroute to a call for service heading westbound on SR 60, between Tiger Lake and Sam Keen Roads, when he saw an adult female standing in the grass median of SR 60. Deputy Pennell stopped his patrol car in the inside lane of SR 60, activated his emergency lights, and got out of the car to talk to her. This is a photo of his car where he stopped it. He learned that she had run off the roadway of eastbound SR 60 and struck a tree. He called for EMS. An unknown vehicle heading westbound entered the median and struck them both, and then fled the scene, killing the woman and seriously injuring Deputy Pennell. The deceased victim in this crash is 33-year-old Jessica Enchautegui-Otero of Tampa. Deputy Pennell stopped at 12:34 a.m. and began calling EMS and updating dispatch about her crash. His last transmission was at 12:38 a.m. At 12:45 a.m. EMS arrived and found D/S Pennell and Ms. Enchautegui-Otero with significant injuries.The suspect vehicle struck them sometime between 12:38 and 12:45 a.m. this morning. We are seeking the public’s help to identify the suspect vehicle. It will have front-end damage.

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Hit-and-run drivers struck two law enforcement officers in separate states within a few hours of each other, killing one of them and seriously injuring another, officials said.

Officer Myron Jarrett, an eight-year veteran of the Detroit police force, was in the midst of a late-night traffic investigation Friday on the city’s west side when he was killed by a Dodge truck “traveling at a high rate of speed,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig told CNN affiliate WDIV.

Jarrett, 40, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Our prayers and condolences go out to the Jarrett, 12th Precinct, and the entire Detroit Police Department (DPD) family on the tragic loss of one of Detroit’s finest, police Officer Myron Jarrett,” Craig posted Saturday on Facebook.

A Detroit police spokeswoman said Saturday afternoon that a suspect was in custody, but she declined to name him because he was not yet arraigned.

On the department’s Facebook page, however, they posted a picture of the man sought in the hit-and-run — previously identified by police as Steven Patrick Guzina, 54 — with the words “in custody” across it. The post did not include Guzina’s name.

WDIV, citing authorities, said Guzina was the suspect in custody.

In the line of duty

In Polk County, Florida, south of Orlando, Deputy Sheriff Adam Pennell was injured by a hit-and-run driver as he helped a female driver on the side of a highway. The woman was killed.

Pennell had responded to a call from 33-year-old Jessica Enchautegui-Otero, who had veered off the roadway and hit a tree shortly after midnight, police said.

While waiting for help to arrive, she stood in the grass median on the eastbound side of highway SR 60, near Tiger Lake, police said.

When Pennell spotted Enchautegui-Otero, he pulled his patrol car to the inside lane of the highway, activated his emergency lights and got out of the car to talk to her, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Moments after Pennell, 25, called EMS, a vehicle heading westbound on SR 60 entered the median and struck them both, police said.

Enchautegui-Otero, of Tampa, was killed and Pennell was seriously injured.

The sheriff’s office is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the driver’s arrest. They say the driver’s vehicle will have front-end damage.

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