Florida sheriff's deputy kills wife, himself

4 children in the home at time of incident

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LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (WFTS) -- Pasco County detectives are conducting a murder-suicide investigation at a home in Land O' Lakes.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, dispatchers received a call around midnight Monday that a man shot and killed his wife at a home on Terrazzo Way.

He was identified as 39-year-old Kirk Keithley. Authorities said he killed his wife Samantha before turning the gun on himself.

Deputies said four children were in the home at the time of the shooting but they were not harmed.

Officials said preliminary information indicated the man was a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

"It's devastating what happened here this morning," said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco. "The moment that any individual goes from protecting people to harming people, he loses the right no matter what agency they're with, to call themselves a law enforcement officer."

Keithley had been with HCSO for more than nine years and worked for the St. Pete Police Department prior to that.

His professional standards history included a letter of reprimand for misuse of communications facilities in 2016 and a letter of counseling for an avoidable traffic crash in 2011.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister released the following statement:

Unfortunately, last night, one of our deputies was involved in a tragic event where he took his wife's life and then his own. I cannot begin to express how disheartened I am. Domestic Violence has no place in our society.

I ask that everyone join me and the rest of our office and pray for those innocent children who are left behind and have to pick up the pieces. This is something that is impossible to comprehend for even the most seasoned person. Please keep them in your hearts as we all try to make our way through this tragedy.

We have made every resource within our Employee Assistance programs available to any employee who may be struggling. This remains an active Pasco County Sheriff's Office investigation.

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