Officer Jeffery Warren Tackett

Officer Jeffery Warren Tackett

Belleair Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, June 13, 1993

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Jeffery Warren Tackett

Officer Jeffery Tackett was shot and killed as he was attempting to handcuff a prowler suspect.

During a struggle, the suspect was able to gain control of Officer Tackett's handgun and use it to shoot him.

The 31-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Tackett had served with the Belleair Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 101

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt

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I had the duty/honor to participate in our system of justice re: the Grand Jury proceedings for the case of Officer Tackett, nearly 30 years ago. Being a tyro in this, I had the benefit of the late, (and definitely great), counsel of Bernie Mc Cabe, and his assistant at the time, Bruce Bartlett. Their expertise, and patience with all of us re: what constitutes 1st Degree, 2nd Degree, 3rd Degree, etc. was invaluable. Our collective hearts broke over this case, and it has taken me a long time to get over it. God Bless all of those affected by this senseless act. Perhaps I will see some of you next June 13th. God Bless, Brian

Brian Cullen
Grand Jury Foreman, Fall 1993

December 28, 2022

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