Updated: Alachua County Sheriff’s Office mourns death of deputy


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has changed the profile picture on its Facebook page following the death of a deputy. Reports indicate that the deputy’s body was discovered last night, and numerous deputies and officers from multiple agencies escorted the body to the Medical Examiner’s office. The death is currently believed to be a suicide.

Sheriff Clovis Watson, Jr., issued the following statement:

“In the profession of law enforcement, there are moments that are truly unimaginable, gut-wrenching, and that shake you to your core. Yesterday evening our entire law enforcement family felt that moment.

“As your Sheriff, it deeply saddens me to notify the members of our agency and this community that we have lost one of our own.

“Late Yesterday Evening, our team received word that our brother, our friend, and your community protector, Deputy Nickolas Tilliman had unexpectedly passed while off duty.

“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are somber. Deputy Tilliman was a respected member of the Alachua County Sheriffโ€™s Office Patrol Operations Division, as well as a faithful and courageous soldier within both the United States Navy and the United States Army.

“During this solemn time, we would ask that you embrace your communityโ€™s Law Enforcement Officers as they try to pick up the pieces and continue in their service to you.

“Deputy Tilliman, ID #1883, you may be gone from this earth, but you will never be gone from our hearts. We have the watch brother.”

  • To all professionals reading this please donโ€™t be afraid to reach out for help take it from someone who has been there things will get easier please just ask

  • Thoughts and Prayers for His Family โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ™Thank You Dir for Your Service โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ข

  • So sorry for your loss. My condolences to family friends and his brothers and sisters at the sheriff’s dept.R.I.P Deputy Tilliman. Thank you for your service.

  • God bless all who mourn his death.His life involved years of service to our country and to our Gainesville community. May God be with all our first responders!!


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