Sheriff: Fla. deputy killed by drunk driver fleeing traffic stop

Deputy Michael Magli, 30, leaves behind a wife and two children

Duty Death: Michael Magli - [Pinellas County, Florida]

End of Service: 02/17/2021

By Suzie Ziegler 

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida sheriff’s office is in mourning after one of its deputies was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver Wednesday night. 

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office identified the deputy as 30-year-old Michael Magli. 

According to FOX 13, the suspect fled a traffic stop at a high rate of speed, driving erratically. The suspect drove across a median into oncoming traffic and lost control of his car. That’s when the car struck Magli, who had been preparing to deploy spike strips. Magli was pinned under the car and died at the scene. 

The sheriff’s office said the suspect, 33-year-old Robert Allen Holzaepfel, was intoxicated, driving on a suspended license and was on probation. 

Magli is survived by a wife and two children, the agency said.


It is with extraordinary sadness that we announce that Deputy Michael Magli was killed in the line of duty this...

Posted by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, February 17, 2021



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