UPDATE 11:30 a.m. October 4
A third person was arrested in connection to the shooting of a TPD officer.
Detectives with TPD’s Violent Crimes Unit successfully identified the third suspect in the case as 26-year-old Tyrell Guinnie. According to detectives, Guinnie was the getaway driver during the home invasion robbery on Sandpiper Street and developed probable cause for his arrest.
Guinnie was located and taken into custody without incident.
All suspects linked to the attempted homicide of the officer are now in police custody.
UPDATE 4:05 p.m. October 3
Tallahassee police along with the U.S. Marshall service made another arrest in in connection to the shooting of a Tallahassee police officer.
26-year-old Rahiym Sanders was arrested in Alachua County, following the home invasion robbery and shooting of a TPD officer that occurred on Sept. 25.
According to investigators, Sanders was the second suspect that entered the home in the 2300 block of Sandpiper Street with 25-year-old John'Darious Wright. A responding officer interrupted the targeted home invasion robbery in progress, was subsequently shot by Wright and sustained serious injuries. Wright and Sanders both fled the scene.
Chief Lawrence Revell says the officer shot is expected to make a full recovery.
""The injured officer has been through multiple surgeries, and he is now in stable condition," says Chief Revell.
The investigation remains ongoing, and additional arrests could announced.
UPDATE: 10:17 a.m. September 26
One person is in custody connected to a home invasion that led to the shooting of a Tallahassee officer.
According to TPD's Violent Crimes Unit 25-year-old John'Darious Wright and several suspects entered a residence in the 2300 block of Sandpiper Street and fired one round at the victims inside of the home Monday morning.
As an officer was responding to the scene, they observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and reported the tag to dispatch. The officer then observed a suspect running away. During the foot pursuit, Wright emerged from the residence and began firing at the officer who sustained serious injuries. Wright and the additional suspects then fled the scene.
Additional responding officers began immediately rendering life-saving aid to the injured officer before Emergency Medical Services arrived to transport the officer to a local hospital. The officer is currently listed in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
Within hours of the shooting, TPD detectives and agents with the United States Marshals Service identified and located the suspect vehicle at the Baymont by Wyndham, on North Monroe Street. Wright and a second man were detained for questioning by detectives.
The subsequent investigation collected physical evidence and witness statements that helped detectives identify Wright as the shooter.
Wright is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted first-degree murder, home invasion robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and obstruction of a search warrant.
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. September 25
The Tallahassee Police Department encourages residents of the Sandpiper Street area to review their Ring videos from the hours of 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday morning for any suspicious people or vehicles. Residents can securely submit those videos to TPDthrough the Neighbors App.
UPDATE: 11:25 a.m. September 25
The scene where a Tallahassee Police Officer was shot early Monday morning is still active. ABC 27's Kandace Blake is there.
I’m here at Sandpiper St where just a short while ago a TPD officer was shot while responding to a drug invasion. I’m speaking with neighbors about how they feel about this happening right in their backyard. More tonight on @abc27. pic.twitter.com/U1b9z9TESq— KandaceBlakeTV (@KandaceBlakeTV) September 25, 2023
UPDATE: 10 a.m. September 25
Tallahassee Police Chief, Lawrence Revell, confirmed a TPD officer was shot during an incident early Monday morning. It began around 2:30 a.m. when TPD officers responded to what was originally reported as a residential burglary in the 2300 block of Sandpiper Street. Multiple armed suspects were reported.
TPD officers interrupted a targeted, drug-related home invasion robbery. A suspect matching the description of the 911 call was seen by officers leaving the scene.
The officers chased after the suspect and told the suspect to stop. The suspect did not stop. The chief said during the chase, a second person came out of the house in question and began firing at a TPD officer. That was officer was struck and then immediately returned fire. Other officers who responded to the scene worked to take care of the officer who was shot.
That officer was taken to the hospital following the shooting with serious injuries. The officer was taken immediately into surgery. At a news conference Monday morning, the chief said the officer was out of surgery and in stable condition. Per TPD policy, the chief said all officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
Due to the nature of the incident, the chief said TPD’s Tactical Apprehension and Control Team responded to the scene. The chief said three suspects are at large. There is a reward of $10,000 being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case. The chief asked the community to be vigilant and look for people who would not normally be in their neighborhood. If you see anyone suspicious, call police.
The chief called on people in the community to check their cameras that may have recorded any of the incident or suspects leaving.
During the news conference, the chief said to the suspects, "turn yourself in. We will find you. We will not rest. We will not sleep. We will not pause until we find you and bring you to justice."
The chief called the situation an ambush. "We will not tolerate this in our city," the chief added. TPD is not releasing any information on the officer who was shot.
This is an open and active investigation.
As of their latest update nationwide, the Fraternal Order of Police reported, "as of midnight on 4 September, there have been 272 officers shot in the line of duty so far in 2023 (+24% from 2021 YTD; +25% from 2020 YTD). Of those officers shot, 34 of them were killed by gunfire (-15% from 2021 YTD; -0% from 2020 YTD).
There have been 83 ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers this year. These ambush-style attacks have resulted in 101 officers shot, 15 of whom were killed by gunfire.
Thirteen of those shootings took place in Florida as of the latest update. Eleven were recorded in Georgia.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
- Tallahassee Police Department is working an incident that they say involves multiple armed subjects.
- The incident began early Monday morning in Northwest Tallahassee.
- As of 7:30 a.m. Monday, TPD said this was still an active scene. We expect an update from a news conference planned for 9 a.m.
See the latest updates from TPD on their social media embedded below.