Monday, June 11, 2007

Pregnant corrections officer shot to death in her Palatka home

the associated press

June 11, 2007

PALATKA · Authorities were investigating the fatal shooting of a pregnant corrections officer in her home, an official said Sunday.

Tyvon Nichole Whitford, 25, who was six months pregnant, was shot in her home in Hawthorne, near Gainesville, on Friday night. Her 5-year-old son was in another room during the shooting, said Maj. Keith Riddick of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

A man called authorities to report the shooting shortly after someone from the home called 911, Riddick said.

"We're not ruling anybody out, but we are not naming anyone as a suspect," Riddick said. "We have talked to a person of interest." He declined to give any additional details of the investigation.

Deputies found Whitford in the house with a gunshot wound to her upper torso, Riddick said. She was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, where she died, he said.

She had been a corrections officer at the Gainesville Correctional Institute since 2005, Riddick said

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