TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their officers, killed early Tuesday morning in a wrong-way crash on I-275.
Police Chief Brian Dugan says Officer Jesse Madsen, 45, died after responding to the call of a wrong-way driver just after 1 a.m.
The crash occurred on the northbound lanes of the interstate between Sligh and Hillsborough Avenues. Tampa Police say callers reported the wrong-way driver as speeding and swerving in and out of lanes.
Dugan said the wrong-way driver was a 25-year-old white male who has not been identified at this time. He also died in the crash, police say.
Madsen was an officer with TPD for 16-and-a-half years. Dugan said he was a father of four, a dedicated husband and a United States Marine.
According to Dugan, Madsen was a seven-time winner of the Tampa Police Department’s Life Saving Award. He is the 32nd TPD officer killed in the line of duty.
“This is a tragedy,” Dugan said. “Our community has been rocked by these wrong-way drivers, and it’s just a complete tragedy that a husband and a father of four is now gone.”
A procession of TPD officers could be seen early Tuesday escorting an ambulance from the crash scene.
“It pains me to say that for the third time this year, our Tampa Bay law enforcement community has lost one of our own in the line of duty. Tampa Police Officer Jesse Madsen was killed in a wrong-way crash this morning,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Officer Madsen’s sacrifice for the safety of our community will never be forgotten. All of us on #teamHCSO are praying for and will stand with you @TampaPD.”
I-275 is currently closed in both directions while traffic homicide detectives investigate. Dugan said the roadway will be closed for several hours.
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