A police officer died early Tuesday morning after a wrong-way car crash that took place near downtown Tampa.
NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reports the crash took place around 1 a.m. along I-275 near Hillsborough Avenue and Sligh Avenue, with officers saying a 25-year-old male driver was traveling the wrong way when he hit the patrol car.
Tampa Police Department officials confirmed both the driver and the officer died in the crash. The officer was later identified as 45-year-old Jesse Madsen.
TPD Chief Brian Dugan said Madsen was a highly decorated officer who had been with the department for 16 years and leaves behind four children.
“This is a tragedy,” Dugan said. “Our community has been rocked by these wrong-way drivers. It’s a complete tragedy that a husband and father of four is now gone.”
A police motorcade escorted Madsen’s body from the scene to the Medical Examiner’s office in Tampa.