Port Richey, FL – Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy April Rodriguez died on Sunday, when she used her duty weapon to take her own life.
Fellow Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputies discovered her body at her home on Sunday, after she failed to show up for her scheduled shift, WTVT reported.
“They were heartbroken," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said, according to Spectrum Bay News. "This is not just somebody they worked with — this was a friend.”
Deputy Rodriguez, 43, leaves behind her husband and three children, WTVT reported.
“I promised her husband one thing – to tell everyone how special April was and that she was deeply loved, that she was a good person with a great heart, and loved her children very much,” Sheriff Nocco said.
Deputy Rodriguez worked as a real estate agent for 13 years before she decided to launch her law enforcement career, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
She graduated from the Pasco-Hernando State College’s Law Enforcement Academy in 2015, and went on to serve the PCSO for four years.
She was assigned to patrol duties in the New Port Richey area.
In July of 2018, the department tweeted a short video clip that showed her explaining what she loved most about her work.
“One of the favorite parts of my job is working with kids,” Deputy Rodriguez said in the video.
“I try to interact with them as much as I can, and let them know that cops are not somebody that they need to be afraid of,” she explained. “We’re to help them, and also try to show them that we are positive role models.”
"Rest in peace, April Rodriguez,” the PCSO said in a statement to WXIA. “There are few words that can express our feeling of loss. You are missed & will always be remembered.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy April Rodriguez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.