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. 

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