Fla. police officer killed in wrong-way crash on interstate
Officer Jesse Madsen was on duty when he was struck by a wrong-way driver
Duty Death: Jesse Madsen - [Tampa, Florida]
End of Service: 03/09/2021
By Joe Mario Pedersen
TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida police officer was killed early Tuesday by a wrong-way driver on a Tampa interstate highway.
Tampa Police Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen, 45, died just before 1 a.m. on Interstate 275 near the Hillsborough and Sligh Avenue exits, Tampa police said.
Police received a call before 1 a.m. about a white car traveling the wrong way on the interstate. As units responded, Tampa police received another call 1-minute later about a vehicle crash between a Tampa squad car and the white vehicle.
Tampa Police release photo of Officer Jesse Madsen who was killed while on duty this morning in a wrong-way crash. Madsen was a highly decorated officer. He was married with 3 children and a former U.S. Marine. Thank for your service. 🙏 #FOX35 @fox35orlando pic.twitter.com/E41w05jsiI— Amy Kaufeldt FOX 35 (@Fox35Amy) March 9, 2021
The driver of the white car was a 25-year-old man who has not been identified. Authorities are still investigating the scene.
Madsen was a highly decorated officer, a seven-time lifesaving award winner, a father of four children and a U.S. Marine, Tampa police said.
Madsen is the 32nd Tampa police officer to die in the line of duty.
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