Two police officers were killed in Florida while on duty

Two Florida police officers were killed after their cars collided in Hardy County, southeast of Tampa.

The local newspaper, The Washington Post, reported Sunday that local police chief Julie Bridges, who has been working for 13 years in the police, was driving toward her home to fetch supplies for one of the evacuation shelters from Hurricane Erma when the collision took place.

The officer, Joseph Osman, who worked in the prison administration in Florida for 21 years, was on his way to work, the newspaper said.

Residents of the low-lying coastal areas were urged to evacuate but were not forced to do so, such as residents of areas directly opposite the southern Florida coast facing Hurricane Erma of the fourth class, the newspaper said Sunday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, responding to a question about the two officers’ deaths at a news conference, said decisions to withdraw law enforcement forces from the streets because of the hurricane were being taken by local authorities for each area.