Nassau County Sheriff's Office Deputy Eric Oliver was struck and
killed by a vehicle on State Road 200 in Yulee while in the line of duty
Tuesday morning.The man he was chasing fled police for several
hours but was captured before 7 p.m. in Jacksonville, multiple police
sources tell First Coast News
Bill Leeper paused with emotion as he explained how Oliver, 32, a
7-year veteran of the force, was hit by a vehicle while he was in
pursuit of man fleeing the traffic stop. Oliver was pronounced dead on scene. A
U.S. Border Patrol Agent was with two deputies at the Gate Gas Station
on S.R. 200 near Chester Road who were interviewing six people in a
pick-up truck after what Border Patrol calls a chance encounter.
of the six people in the truck fled on foot and two deputies chased
after him across S.R. 200. One deputy made it to the median but Oliver
was struck by a vehicle. Leeper said the woman who was driving the vehicle that struck Oliver stayed on the scene and cooperated with authorities.
Bryant, the Division Chief of the Miami Sector for the U.S. Border
Patrol, issued a statement saying at least three of the occupants in the
pick-up truck were "citizens or nationals of a foreign country and did
not have authorization to be present or reside in the United States."
The Border Patrol Agent on scene put the three into his vehicle and arrested them. One person in the pickup took off in the vehicle after the Border Patrol agent left the vehicle to attend to Oliver after he was struck. That person and the other have since been taken into custody.
Leeper called the man who fled on a foot a suspect in the traffic stop. Leeper
said that he spoke with Oliver's wife and said that Oliver "died doing
what he wanted to do. He dedicated his life to protecting the county."
Leeper said Oliver would be sorely missed. Oliver and his wife have a 6-year-old daughter.