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Tallahassee Officer Takes Top Cop Honors

Tom Flanigan

A Tallahassee police officer has received one of his profession’s highest honors. Officer Scott Angulo was named Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police earlier this week. Officer Angulo said his bosses asked him to attend the association’s meeting in Chicago, but he really didn’t know why.

“We’re sitting at the dinner where they made the presentation and when they said it was me, I was overwhelmed,” he recalled. “I had no idea it was coming.”

Angulo was honored for racing to the scene of an active shooting last November during which Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith was shot and killed. Angulo said he was able to stay cool, even when his rifle jammed.

“It rolled into automatic,” he explained. “I mean years and years and years of training. And I’m an instructor so I help teach the rifle and help teach active shooter training, so it was almost like being on autopilot.”

The shooter, Curtis Wade Holley, was killed in the exchange of gunfire. Investigators said he’d hoped to kill every first responder who showed up.