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Orange County deputy, with ties to Bossier City, killed in the line of duty

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Orange County Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine (source: WFTV) Orange County Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine (source: WFTV)
ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV/KTBS) -

The girlfriend of the man who shot and killed an Orange County deputy early Tuesday morning appeared in court Wednesday on burglary and grand theft charges.

Investigators said Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine, 34, was responding to reports of car break-ins on Westminster Abbey Boulevard when he confronted 28-year-old Benjamin Holtermann, who was armed and tried to run away from the deputy.

According to officials, Pine chased the suspect through nearby backyards but he Holtermann opened fire, shooting and killing the deputy.

Holtermann's girlfriend, Erica Pugh, was with him and in the neighborhood at the time of the shooting, authorities said. Investigators said she drove off as Pine fled on foot after a neighbor confronted them.

Investigators said Pugh was taken into custody a short time later and confessed to a recent armed robbery that happened in the area of Hiawassee and Old Winter Garden roads.

On Wednesday, Orange County sheriff's officers asked for no bond on Pugh's grand theft charge involving a car. But Pugh's public defender tried to convince the judge not to hold his client on no bond because Pugh had been open with investigators about what happened the night before Pine was shot and killed.

The judge disagreed and said it was enough that Pugh admitted she participated.

Pugh spoke only once when she faced the judge and shook her head affirmatively more than once as the judge ran through her charges.

"Last night we lost a hero. But a family grieves the loss of a husband, father, a son, a brother," Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

Holtermann committed suicide in the neighborhood a short time after the shooting, officials said.

Demings told Channel 9 two bullets were stopped by the deputy's vest, but a third went through his side. The Sheriff's Office helicopter was in the air and caught the fatal shooting on camera.

"It shows deputy Pine chasing a fleeing subject, ultimately being shot and then it shows life slipping away from him," Demings said.

The incident wasn't Holtermann's first run-in with law enforcement. He had a criminal history and spent several years in prison for a robbery in Maryland.

Both Pugh and Holtermann were transients with no apparent ties to central Florida, Demings said.

Pine was a 1997 graduate of Airline High School in Bossier City, Louisiana. Yesterday, his sister, Angela Pine Mills posted the following statement on Facebook:

"My sweet "baby" brother, Scott, was killed last night while serving as an Orange County Sheriff. He leaves behind a wonderful wife, Bridget, a 6 year old daughter, Haley, a 4 year old son, Ryker and a 14 month old baby, Maddox. He was such good daddy to his kids and a special uncle to my boys. We are all heartbroken. He loved The Lord and I know he is with our Savior now. We have to remain to struggle with this senseless tragedy. Pray for us all."

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