Perry Police Officer Suffers Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound


Joint Information Release

By Perry Police Department & Taylor County Sheriff’s Office

Monday night, July 8, 2019, at 10:47 PM, Officers of the Perry Police Department responded to the residence of an off-duty Perry Police Officer regarding a report that a person had been shot with a firearm. When officers arrived, they found off-duty Officer Chad Cannon suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot injury. Officer Cannon was alert and able to communicate with all first-responders on the scene. Initial responding officers immediately administered first aid until emergency medical technicians and paramedics could arrive to administer more advanced medical intervention. Officer Cannon was transported to Doctors’ Memorial Hospital and was subsequently airlifted to a regional trauma center.

A request was made by the Perry Police Department for the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office to assume the lead into this traumatic event. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the scene, assumed the investigation and took control of the incident location. All members of the Perry Police Department that responded to the incident were released from the scene and began a critical incident debriefing at the Perry Police Station.

All aspects of the investigation are now under the direction of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

At the time of this information release, Officer Cannon’s condition is listed as Critically Stable.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office has vowed to provide ongoing support to the City of Perry and the Perry Police Department. During this time, they have been providing call coverage for routine calls for service within the City limits of Perry.