Police identify Fla. officer killed in crash with fleeing suspect
Officer Christopher Fariello, 34, was remembered as a committed public servant
Duty Death: Christopher Fariello - [Tallahassee, Florida]
End of Service: 06/08/2022
By Suzie Ziegler
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Tallahassee officer who was killed in the line of duty last week has been identified as Christopher Fariello, the Tallahassee Democrat reported on Saturday. Fariello, 34, was struck head-on by a shooting suspect who was fleeing police, the report said.
The incident began early Wednesday when Tyrone Cleveland, 37, shot and wounded three family members, according to the report. Deputies responded to the call and began a pursuit. Cleveland began driving the wrong way and struck Fariello, killing the officer.
Fariello became a police officer in 2019. He was remembered as a brave public servant committed to serving his community, the report said.
"Officer Fariello's death is a stark reminder of the sacrifice the brave men and women of this department make every day," said Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell in a statement.
Two of the suspect’s shooting victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the third is stable, the Tallahassee Democrat reported last week. Cleveland suffered minor injuries in the crash and is now facing numerous related charges.
On June 8, TPD experienced a devastating loss when Officer Christopher Fariello died in the line of duty. Officer Fariello started as a police officer trainee in 2018. He would go on to complete the academy and was sworn in as a full-time police officer on Jan. 11, 2019. pic.twitter.com/6ii664hs4V— Tallahassee Police (@TallyPD) June 10, 2022