By Josh Fiallo
Tampa Bay Instances
TAMPA, Fla. — Tears rolled down the cheeks of deputies Wednesday afternoon as they saluted a hearse pulling into District 3 of the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Workplace.
Inside was the physique of Abigail Bieber, a 30-year-old deputy shot to dying by her detective boyfriend Saturday whereas they vacationed with different deputies in St. Augustine.
Bieber’s mom, Sarah Bieber, wept when the hearse arrived. She approached a poster picture of her daughter, carrying flowers, and positioned them atop a Sheriff’s Workplace truck earlier than pulling the poster tight to her chest.
Deputies stood at consideration as a bagpipe performed. As soon as given the order to be relaxed, lots of them wept, too, consoling one another whereas approaching the picture.
The cease at District 3, 7202 Gunn Hwy in Citrus Park, was a short one for a motorcade carrying Bieber’s physique from St. Augustine to a funeral house in Clearwater.
Becoming a member of the procession throughout the state had been her two brothers, each officers from the Clearwater Police Division — Ben and Daniel Bieber.
Additionally current at Wednesday’s procession had been Bieber’s father, Bruce Bieber, and her German shepherd, Louie.
Bieber labored as a patrol officer in northwest Hillsborough and was a passionate advocate for baby victims, typically responding to calls associated to sexual battery and baby abuse, the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned in a information launch. She aspired to work as a detective with the workplace’s Particular Victims Part.
Bieber was killed Saturday at a rental seashore house in St. Augustine. Hillsborough Detective Daniel Leyden, 31, fatally shot her after which himself after others within the house heard the 2 arguing in a bed room, the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.
The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Workplace has launched few particulars concerning the taking pictures and didn’t reply to a request for remark Wednesday.
Earlier than listening to gunfire, neighbors noticed deputies evacuating individuals by way of the second-story home windows of the seashore rental and calling for a person inside to come back out together with his arms on his head.
Talking earlier than the arrival of the hearse at District 3, Sheriff Chad Chronister mentioned Bieber’s dying was the results of home violence and never a psychological well being challenge.
“That is that horrific, tragic crime of anger and keenness, and that’s what must cease,” Chronister mentioned.
Funeral preparations for Bieber haven’t but been launched.
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