FDLE: Sheriff's wife, deputy among 4 dead in shooting

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

MARIANNA — The Jackson County sheriff's wife, a deputy and two suspects were killed Tuesday in a shooting at the sheriff's house that did not appear to be random, authorities said.

Sheriff John McDaniel's wife, a deputy and two suspects were killed, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Karen Mason said. The identities of the deputy and suspects were not immediately released.

The sheriff's wife was identified as Mellie McDaniel, The News Herald reported.

"The community should not be concerned. We believe this was not a random case," State Attorney Steve Meadows said.

Meadows would not discuss any potential motive for the shooting.

McDaniel was driving home when she noticed a suspicious car following her. She pulled into her driveway when two suspects shot and killed her. The suspects also fatally shot the deputy who responded to the scene, local news reports said.

The sheriff was also involved in the crossfire with the suspects, but was not injured, Meadows said.

Meadows said authorities do not believe that there are any other suspects, but more than 100 deputies were searching the area surrounding the home as a precaution.

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