Dixie County Deputy Killed in Line of Duty

At approximately 3 p.m. today, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) responded to a residence in Brooksville at which four people had been shot. Two of those individuals are confirmed dead.

The HCSO issued a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for suspect John Kalisz (DOB 10/11/1954). The BOLO advised that Kalisz was driving a white Ford Aerostar van with a Colorado license plate and a back window broken out and covered with cardboard.

Shortly before 5 p.m., the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) spotted the van in Cross City. The DCSO followed the van in an unmarked vehicle with the intention of stopping the van in a rural location once it passed through town.

As DCSO followed, the van abruptly pulled into a BP gas station located at the intersection of County Road 351 and Highway 19. John Kalisz opened gunfire and deputies returned gunfire.

During the exchange of gunfire, Dixie County Sheriff’s Office Captain Chad Reed was wounded. He was transported to Shands Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Captain Reed was 33 years old.

John Kalisz was also wounded and transported to Shands Hospital. He will be charged with two counts of homicide in the Hernando County incident. Additional charges are expected.

FDLE is investigating the shooting in Dixie County.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001