Police Officer Jared Forsyth
Ocala Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Monday, April 6, 2015
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Date of Incident: April 6, 2015
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief Greg Graham
Ocala Police Department
402 S. Pine Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471
Phone: (352) 369-7000
Police Officer Jared Forsyth was accidentally shot and killed while participating in firearms training at the Lowell Correctional Institution’s firing range on NW Gainesville Road at approximately 3:00 pm.
A firearm was accidentally discharged during the training and the round struck Officer Forsyth in the side of his chest, between the panels of his vest. He was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to the wound approximately two hours later.
Officer Forsyth had served with the Ocala Police Department for three years.
Ocala police Officer Jared Forsyth died after he was accidentally shot during firearms training on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Forsyth, 33, was accidentally shot at about 3 p.m. at the Lowell Correctional Institution, officials said.
"Words can’t express the sorrow I feel for losing an officer under my watch," Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham said.
Graham said Forsyth was participating in routine firearms training and was struck when a bullet discharged from another officer’s weapon.
"One of our officers was unloading his weapon, and it accidentally discharged. The round ricocheted off a bench and struck the officer," Graham said.
Forsyth was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the bullet went through his arm and entered his side, which was not covered.
Police officials said Forsyth was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where he later died.
"We’re family. It’s like losing a family member, like a brother passed away," Graham said.
Forsyth started with the department in April 2012. Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn said the entire community is mourning the loss of an exemplary officer.
"He was a special special man. I’m just very sorry about his death. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family," Guinn said.
Channel 9 was there as the Ocala Police Department lowered its flags to half-staff Monday evening.
Forsyth is survived by his mother and stepfather. His death marks the first in more than five decades that an Ocala officer was killed on duty.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.