Florida deputy killed by illegal immigrant in hit-and-run before fleeing scene, sheriff says

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A man arrested in the death of a Florida sheriff’s deputy was living in the United States illegally, sources told Fox News. 

Juan Ariel Molina-Salles, 32, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident. The charge stems from the Thursday hit-and-run death of Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy Michael Hartwick, a 19-year veteran who left behind two adult sons. 

Hartwick was working a traffic detail in a construction zone at night when Molina-Salles was driving a front loader that hit Hartwick, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Friday. He said the driver of the vehicle was going “I think too fast.”

“He fled as he said because he became afraid after he killed the deputy, but he clearly knew he killed the deputy,” he said. 


Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hartwick was killed Thursday after being struck by a construction vehicle driven by a man living in the United States…

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