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Osceola County Sheriff’s deputy on leave after shooting suspect

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

An Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputy is now being investigated after shooting and critically injuring a suspect during a traffic stop.

Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Deputy  Michael Maccallum stopped the suspect, Ridge David White, 53, at Eaglet Lane and Cheyenne Point Trail in the Indian Point subdivision in Kissimmee. As Maccallum was arresting White on either drug related charges or an outstanding violation of probation warrant, the suspect hit the deputy and fled on foot. Maccallum caught up with White and the two fought, with White violently attacking Maccallum, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. During the fight, Maccallum fired his gun at White and hit him. White was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. Maccallum was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center, treated for minor injuries and has since been released.

White is a registered sex offender with numerous previous arrests in Osceola County dating as far back as 2007, for charges such as lewd and lascivious molestation, burglary and aggravated battery.

Maccallum, 30, has been with the Osceola Sheriff’s Office since 2006, according to spokesperson Twis Lizasuain, and is part of the patrol division.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently investigating the shooting, and the deputy is now on administrative leave. This is an ongoing investigation.