Hero Down: Pinellas County Deputy Carlos Felipez Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Holly Matkin

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Carlos Felipez served as a law enforcement officer for 15 years.

Clearwater, FL – Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Deputy Carlos Felipez died of a self -inflicted gunshot wound in the backyard of his home on Saturday morning.

PCSO deputies were called to the residence for a welfare check at approximately 1:07 a.m., after someone reported hearing the sound of a gunshot, WFLA reported.

They discovered the 46-year-old deputy's body in the backyard of his home.

Detectives determined that Deputy Felipez died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was off duty at the time of his death.

Deputy Felipez’s law enforcement career began in December of 2003, when he went to work for the St. Petersburg Police Department, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

He joined the PCSO in 2014, where he served in the department’s Patrol Operations Bureau, according to WFLA.

The department praised Deputy Felipez in September of 2018, when it posted photos of a bald eagle he and a sergeant helped to rescue from a pond.

The massive bird-of-prey had an injured wing, and was taken for treatment, the department said.

“I woke up this morning to some sad news,” Deputy Felipez’s friend, Donna Gulley, wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.

“I didn’t want to believe it,” Gulley wrote. “I pulled out my box of photos and yours was right on top. I just spoke of you the other day. My heart is broken.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carlos Felipez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (7)
Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

PRAYING for his family both Blood and Blue

No. 1-5

It seems like every morning when I go through my emails there is always a story about an EMT, FF, or LEO, that have taken their own life. This has to stop, the numbers are mounting quickly. Chief's of all, do something, don't just appear on TV in your nice clean crisp uniform, and talk about how heavy your heart is, or what a hero the dead person was, get off of your rump and find a REAL solution as to what you and your department can do to stop this in all divisions of Public Safety, don't you think it should be a priority right now? I do.


Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9


Like I said in the prior cop suicide, they need to be able to discuss their issues with therapists outside the department, so that their peers, and higher ups, don't know their business, and it won't effect their jobs, or get passed around the department. Just like us, if we go see a therapist, or psychologist, no one knows unless we tell them.


Whatever the problem was brother, I hope you are at peace. God bless you and your family as well as your department.

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