Florida police chief piloting plane killed in crash

Posted 10/25/20

DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police chief died Sunday morning when the plane he was piloting crashed into an open field, authorities said.

Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn confirmed the death of Ocala …

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, subscribers will receive unlimited access to the website, including access to our Daily Independent e-edition, which features Arizona-specific journalism and items you can’t find in our community print products, such as weather reports, comics, crossword puzzles, advice columns and so much more six days a week.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor

Florida police chief piloting plane killed in crash

Posted

DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police chief died Sunday morning when the plane he was piloting crashed into an open field, authorities said.

Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn confirmed the death of Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham, news outlets reported.

Marion County Fire Rescue said the plane crashed around 11:30 a.m. in an open field, not far from the Marion County Airport. Graham was the only person on board. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said no one else was injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board that it was investigating the crash.

Guinn said Graham was “fascinated” with flying and had recently received his pilot’s license.

“It’s hard to believe,” Guinn said.

Graham became chief in January 2012. He was placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of racial discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile treatment and retaliation against three officers in 2016, but was reinstated and cleared the following year.

Recently, Graham was on a vocal presence in Ocala during the Black Lives Matter protests after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

He condemned Floyd's killing and told the crowd they could contact him personally “if they believe one of his officers has done anything wrong,” The Ocala Star-Banner reported.

Guinn said Ocala Deputy Chief Mike Balken will be named interim police chief.

“(Graham's) leadership was responsible for changing the direction of the department,” Guinn said. “I couldn’t have asked for anybody better.”

Comments