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Florida deputy killed in the line of duty was leaving to join Fishers police

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 21:48:41-04

FISHERS — A Florida sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty while responding to a call on Sunday was moving to Indiana soon to join the Fishers Police Department.

Deputy Benjamin Nimtz was responding to a domestic dispute around 3 a.m. on july 21 when he collided with another vehicle at an intersection. Another deputy responding in a separate vehicle said Nimtz had his lights and sirens activated at the time of the crash.

Nimtz died from his injuries and the other driver was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Fishers Police Department says they were looking forward to having Nimtz as a part of their team.

They issued the following statement to RTV6:

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Nimtz. He was a strong family man, military veteran, and a highly qualified law enforcement officer. We believe he would have provided a great service to our police department and the Fishers community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow co-workers in Broward County."

Nimtz is survived by his wife and two children. A GoFundMe page was established to support his family.

Detectives say their preliminary investigation shows the driver who collided with the deputy was speeding, which they believe was a contributing factor to the crash.