Assistant Chief of Police Mahlon Otis Tuck

Assistant Chief of Police Mahlon Otis Tuck

Ocala Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, May 28, 1955

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Mahlon Otis Tuck

Assistant Chief Tuck was shot and killed after responding to the scene of the murders of Deputy Robert Wooten and Deputy Curtis Youngblood, both of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The two deputies had been shot and killed as they approached the home of a mentally ill man.

As officers responding to the initial shooting surrounded the home, the suspect opened fire a second time and fatally wounding Assistant Chief Tuck. The man was taken into custody and later died while in a state mental hospital.

Assistant Chief Tuck was survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.06
  • Offender Died in prison

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It has been 60 years, but I vividly recall, as a 9 year old neighbor, walking to the scene, and witnessing this atrocity.
I have had nightmares, and cannot shake the memories of that
day, and those events. I pray for the families of those heroic
officers, especially now having a son with severe mental illness.
God bless those survivors, and may God console them, and provide help for those with mental illnesses.

James V Allen, M.D.

May 29, 2016

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