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A LL P OINTS B ULLETIN VOLUME 20 • NUMBER 3• SUMMER 2010 FLORIDA SHERIFFS OCSO’s Kleinfelt Named Deputy Sheriff of the Year O range County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Kleinfelt is described as a “very professional, motivated law-enforcement officer.” As part of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Pa-trol Unit, he made 39 felony arrests, 65 misdemeanor ar-rests and 30 warrant arrests in 2009. He also issued 55 notices to appear and 439 uniform traffic citations. “When he is assigned to directed patrol in high-crime areas, he is very persistent and shows high visibility with zero tolerance,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Dem-ings. This persistence was illustrated in an incident that occurred on May 29, 2009, and contributed to him be-ing honored as the Florida Sheriffs Association’s 2010 Deputy Sheriff of the Year. At center with his wife Stephanie and daughter Mikayla, Deputy Kleinfelt is surrounded by (from left), his father Wayne, sister Courtney, mother Tammy; in laws, Laura and Steve Lang and FSA President Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer. Fast pursuit As Deputy Kleinfelt tells it, he and his partner, Master Deputy Alicia Pellegrino, were patrolling the area of Fine Hills in Orange County. Since it had been storm-ing off and on that day, they were not able to patrol on horseback as they normally do. “We like to be proactive, we’re a proactive unit,” Deputy Kleinfelt -Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Kleinfelt “I just did what my training told me to do and what my instincts said.” said. “We like to be out in the community. If we’re not on horse-back or can’t ride that day, we’re out patrolling in our trucks. They need us out there.” The partners were working their regular area looking for crimi-nal activity, traffic violations, or whatever might come their way. Spotting a vehicle that matched a description from the day before, they pulled into a Citgo service station and blocked the unoccupied vehicle. Deputy Kleinfelt approached the driver’s side. The window was down and he could see marijuana in plain view on the center console. As Kleinfelt and Pellegrino questioned those around, trying to find the owner, the suspect came out of the store. Deputy Kleinfelt or-dered the suspect to him, but the man took off running across the adjacent shopping center parking Continued on page 4 ALL POINTS BULLETIN H SUMMER 2010 1

OCSO’s Kleinfelt Named Deputy Sheriff Of The Year

Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Kleinfelt is described as a “very professional, motivated law-enforcement officer.” As part of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol Unit, he made 39 felony arrests, 65 misdemeanor arrests and 30 warrant arrests in 2009. He also issued 55 notices to appear and 439 uniform traffic citations.<br /> <br /> “When he is assigned to directed patrol in high-crime areas, he is very persistent and shows high visibility with zero tolerance,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings.This persistence was illustrated in an incident that occurred on May 29, 2009, and contributed to him being honored as the Florida Sheriffs Association’s 2010 Deputy Sheriff of the Year.<br /> <br /> Fast pursuit<br /> <br /> `As Deputy Kleinfelt tells it, he and his partner, Master Deputy Alicia Pellegrino, were patrolling the area of Fine Hills in Orange County. Since it had been storming off and on that day, they were not able to patrol on horseback as they normally do.<br /> <br /> “We like to be proactive, we’re a proactive unit,” Deputy Kleinfelt Said. “We like to be out in the community. If we’re not on horseback or can’t ride that day, we’re out patrolling in our trucks. They need us out there.”<br /> <br /> The partners were working their regular area looking for criminal activity, traffic violations, or whatever might come their way.<br /> <br /> Spotting a vehicle that matched a description from the day before, they pulled into a Citgo service station and blocked the unoccupied vehicle. Deputy Kleinfelt approached the driver’s side. The window was down and he could see marijuana in plain view on the center console. As Kleinfelt and Pellegrino questioned those around, trying to find the owner, the suspect came out of the store. Deputy Kleinfelt ordered the suspect to him, but the man took off running across the adjacent shopping center parking Lot.<br /> <br /> Kleinfelt managed to radio in, while in pursuit.<br /> <br /> “He pulls a firearm and shoots two rounds at me,” Kleinfelt recalled. “It throws a sound at first, and I thought it was a car backfire (behind me). When I looked back up after looking over my shoulder, I then see that he’s still shooting at me.” Kleinfelt pulled his firearm and started returning fire while still in fast pursuit.<br /> <br /> 911 recording: “We got shots fired!”<br /> <br /> “10-33 shots fired”<br /> <br /> In the meantime, Deputy Pellegrino was trying to radio in, but Deputy Kleinfelt was radioing as he continued to run and exchange fire with the suspect. He relayed the location and description of the man.<br /> <br /> The shooter ran to a covered walkway in front of a Family Dollar store. Taking cover behind a column, Deputy Kleinfelt kept shooting. The suspect fell to the ground at the end of the walkway, then crawled around the corner trying to escape the deputy’s rounds. As Kleinfelt approached cautiously, he saw the man’s identification and gun on the ground. He retrieved it and carefully peered around the corner. He saw the gunman trying to hijack a vehicle.<br /> <br /> Deputy Kleinfelt took off running toward the man again, but he ducked into a barbershop.<br /> <br /> 911 recording: “Got him in the store Chic & Sassy”<br /> <br /> Kleinfelt’s Sergeant Larry Slimick and Deputy Pellegrino cleared a restaurant next door and secured the back door, while People were frantically running out of the barber shop shouting, “He’s in there! He’s in there!”<br /> <br /> 911 recording: “I’ve got a visual on him. It looks like he’s got a hostage. He’s got cover. He’s using a man as a cover. We’ve got a hostage situation.”<br /> <br /> The suspect was holding a man in front of him in a threatening manner with one arm, and had his hand behind his back as if hiding a gun.<br /> <br /> 911 recording: “Let me see your hands. Get down! Get down!”<br /> <br /> “I then order him to surrender.<br /> <br /> I fear he’ll shoot the hostage, I told him, ‘I’m fixing to shoot you. I will kill you. I will kill you.’ I was preparing for the shot at that point, but he laid down and was taken into custody.”<br /> <br /> 911 recording: “County Mounted 14, I was not shot and I am 10-4 and the subject appears 10-4 as well.”<br /> <br /> A good attitude<br /> <br /> Upon being notified of winning Deputy Sheriff of the Year, Deputy Kleinfelt said it was all in a day’s work. “I just did what my training told me to achieve and what my instincts said, just to keep on chasing the guy. It’s just a risk that you take sometimes.”<br /> <br /> Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Deputy Kleinfelt comes to work with a good attitude every day.<br /> <br /> “We’re proud of him and we hope that he continues to do the significant results that he did in the previous year…I believe that is a good number for any law-enforcement officer in any police agency.”

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