Details emerge in slaying of Orange County Deputy Jonathan Pine

Published On: Feb 12 2014 06:25:25 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 13 2014 04:45:07 PM EST

New details were released in the death of an Orange County sheriff's deputy, who was slain in the line of duty in a gated Windermere neighborhood.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

New details were released in the death of an Orange County sheriff's deputy, who was slain in the line of duty in a gated Orlando neighborhood.

Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine, 34, was shot dead late Monday while chasing a car burglary suspect identified as 28-year-old suspect Benjamin Holtermann.

Officials say Pine attempted to question Holtermann, who shot Pine three times. Holtermann ran away and was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Pine was wearing a bulletproof vest, which stopped two of the shots, according to sheriff's officials, who said the third bullet went under Pine's arm and into his chest.

The shooting was captured on video from a sheriff's helicopter that was assisting Pine. 

"It shows Deputy Pine chasing a fleeing suspect (and) ultimately being shot.  And then it shows life slipping away from him," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

"We're sad.  Our hearts are broken, but we're not broken.  We're still focused at the task at hand," Demings said.

Holtermann's girlfriend, 18-year-old Erica Pugh, was in the stolen vehicle and arrested on burglary charges.  A judge on Wednesday ruled that she be held on no bond. 

Pugh was arrested for armed robbery and aggravated assault from an incident with Holtermann days before Monday's shooting.

Flags were flown at half-staff Wednesday at the Orange County Sheriff's Office in honor of Pine.

Pine, who was employed with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office since January 2011, leaves behind a wife and three children.

Law enforcement agencies from across the county sent condolences to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"Chief Paul Rooney and the entire Orlando Police Department offer their sincere condolences for the Deputy killed in the line of duty overnight.  His family, friends, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office are in the thoughts and prayers of every member of OPD," a news release stated.  "The men and women in law enforcement risk their lives every day to protect the community they serve and are true heroes.  OPD has and will continue to assist and support the Orange County Sheriff's Office, our law enforcement brothers and sisters, through their time of sacrifice and sorrow."

“Our hearts go out to the family of the fallen deputy, and to the entire Orange County Sheriff’s Office.  We mourn the loss of this courageous deputy, who gave his life in the line of duty and in the service of Orange County’s citizens.  Our full resources are at the disposal of Sheriff Demings and his department, as well as the family of the slain deputy," Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said in a statement.

“I am heartbroken to learn that Deputy Pine was killed in the line of duty. My prayers are with his wife, three children, other family members and his law enforcement family. He is a true hero who died protecting his community," Attorney General Pam Bondi said.

Donations can be made at any Orlando Federal Credit Union in the name of the Jonathon Scott Pine Memorial Fund. His funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church of Orlando on South John Young Pkway. The viewing will be from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the memorial service will be at 2 p.m. The interment will follow the memorial service at Woodlawn Cemetery and a reception will follow at Winter Garden Baptist Church.

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