Former Paducah Police Officer Dies
By WestKYStar Staff
PINELLAS COUNTY FL - A former Paducah Police Officer died Friday in Florida as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced the death of Deputy Sheriff Jason Shoulta, who was fatally injured in a motorcycle crash while off duty just after noon, April 27, 2012.

Deputy Shoulta had been with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since March 3, 1999, and was 43 years old. He was currently assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau, and has also served as a Bailiff in Court Security and was a member of the SWAT Team, among other assignments.Deputy Shoulta was a former Police Officer in Paducah, KY and served in the US Air Force.

In a message to all members of the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Gualtieri said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jason’s family and friends. There is no sense that can be made of such a tragedy and no words that can make this easier on anyone.”

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the crash, which occurred around 12:15 Friday afternoon in Pasco County. The location was the intersection of Perrine Ranch Road and County Road 77 (Seven Springs Road).

According to the Florida Highway Patrol news release, Deputy Shoulta was operating his 2010 Harley Davidson Street Glider southbound on County Road 77 approaching the intersection with Perrine Ranch Road.

The second driver, identified as Taylor Anne Vanderbilt, was driving her vehicle northbound on County Rd. 77. According to the FHP, Vanderbilt attempted to make a left turn into the gas station at that intersection, and in so doing, had entered directly into the path of the Jason Shoulta.

The FHP advised that Shoulta tried to avoid the collision, but struck the right rear section of Vanderbilt’s vehicle. Jason Shoulta sustained critical injuries and was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 1:23 p.m.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has announced the arrangements for the memorial services of Deputy Sheriff Jason Shoulta  at Countryside Christian Church, 1850 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, Florida, Thursday, May 3, 2012.Visitation will be from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Service begins at 3:00 p.m.

He is survived by his parents John and Imogene Shoulta, children Jeremy Coningford, Katie and Kyle Shoulta. He was preceded in passing by his daughter Amanda. Deputy Shoulta is also survived by his fiance Robbin Belzer and her children Addison and Haven Belzer, sister Stephanie Jones (Gary) and their children Jake and Josh Simpson, by his paternal grandmother Vanda Guilliams and maternal grandparents Marvin and Helen Belt and by many aunts, uncles and cousins

Published 03:26 AM, Tuesday May. 01, 2012
Updated 06:08 AM, Wednesday May. 02, 2012

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