Hero Down: Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Borland's Body Found Behind Patrol Car

Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Borland was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday.

Oct 31, 2017

Largo, FL - Pinellas County Sheriff's Sergeant Michael Borland died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday.

Sgt. Borland, 44, was married to another sergeant in the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, according to WFLA.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said that Sgt. Borland was off-duty at the time of his death.

His body was found beside his cruiser about 9 AM in the parking lot of the St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology Center, at 12376 Ulmerton Road.

Detectives said that his death is being considered a suicide.

Sgt. Borland began his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in 1996, and was assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau. He was promoted to Sergeant in May.

He attended St. Petersburg College, according to his LinkedIn account.

No police officer ever wants to admit that a call has affected them emotionally. No police officer wants to show weakness when a child dies in their arms. No police officer wants to admit that they are having financial troubles, or that their marriage is falling apart, or that they have alienated themselves from their children because they work so many overtime hours.

This lack of communication leads to walls, which leads to solitude, which leads to depression, which, when not addressed, leads to suicide.

Suicide rates among police officers in this country have shown a slight decrease since 2008 but even one is too many. To lose the life of even one hero to suicide is an unacceptable loss.

Sgt. Borland began his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Borland, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

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I know that LEOs are under heavy loads of stress and emotional turmoil. That's why I pray for all LEOs almost every day. I hope the sergeant he was married to finds peace and comfort.


Praying Sgt. Michael Borland's soul will rest in the peace that he so desperately needed while on earth. Condolences to his families, both blood and blue, and may they find comfort in the love of God, friends, and the memories of their loved one.


It's so important for Law Enforcement Departments to have independent and privet psychologist on hand for LEO's to seek help in troubling times. I worked for SDSO for years and used our counseling team a handful of times in dealing with impossible situations to deal with on my own. It helps to get a professionals perspective in times of emotional conflict and distress. I found it helpful in dealing with the death of a fellow officer as well as the stress from day to day on the job stresses. I made it through 33 years and found no shame in seeking help from others in dealing with emotional troubling issues from the job as well as troubles at home.

Seek out a professional you can trust and confide in.


necroignis, and the question is what spf sunscreen do I need to wear when I turn on a black light in your bedroom at your moms house. But let me guess, she lives with you....