Jesse Madsen Wiki – Jesse Madsen Bio
Jesse Madsen was a Tampa police officer, who was struck and killed early Tuesday by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275, according to authorities.
Master Patrol Madsen died in the wreck, which happened just before 1 a.m. on northbound I-275 near the Hillsborough and Sligh Avenue exits, Tampa police said.
He was 45 years old.
According to police, several drivers called 911, saying a white car was driving south on I-275 north while swerving between lanes at a high rate of speed.
Within a minute of the original call, the vehicle crashed into Madsen’s police vehicle, killing both drivers, according to officials.
Police said it’s not yet known why the driver was traveling the wrong way or where he entered the interstate. An investigation is ongoing.
Jesse Madsen Killed
Tampa Police Officer Madsen died when a 25-year-old man driving the wrong way on I-275 crashed into his police cruiser. Officer Madsen had served the Tampa Police Department for more than 16 years.
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Chief Dugan said Madsen is the department’s 32nd officer to die in the line of duty.
State leaders and law enforcement agencies from across the Tampa Bay area are sending their condolences.
Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted that he and the First Lady were heartbroken by the news.
“@FLCaseyDeSantis and I are heartbroken by the death of @TampaPD Officer Jesse Madsen who was tragically killed in the line of duty. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the Tampa law enforcement community.”
The Ocoee Police Department sent their condolences on Twitter.
“Sadly, we are once again shrouding our badges with a mourning band. We honor the sacrifice of Tampa Police Officer Jesse Madsen, who died in a traffic crash this morning. He was killed when his police vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver early this morning.”