Pinellas County Deputy Charged with Attempted Manslaughter

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy has been arrested on an attempted-manslaughter charge.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's office said in a news release that Deputy Timothy Virden was arrested Friday. The release said more details would be released at an afternoon news conference.

On Dec. 30, Virden arrested 26-year-old Dylan Tompkins-Holmes on an obstruction of justice charge. 

At the time of the arrest, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Virden had stopped Tompkins-Holmes' girlfriend for a suspected DUI. He says Tompkins-Holmes told her not to cooperate and ignored warnings from deputies to stop interfering.

Thompkins-Holmes was handcuffed and put into a patrol car. The sheriff says Virden attempted to help him when he complained about being uncomfortable. He said Tompkins-Holmes tried to grab the deputy's gun and the two struggled. Virden shot Tompkins-Holmes twice.

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