MARION COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida police chief died late Sunday morning after crashing a single-engine plane, authorities have confirmed.
Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham crashed the plane around 11: 30 a.m. in the 9700 block of Southwest 140th Ave. in Dunnellon, a small city located in Marion County, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s deputies and Marion County Fire Rescue personnel responded to the crash and found Graham dead at the scene. Authorities said he was the sole occupant of the plane, Fox News reported.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said Graham was by job description “a fellow law enforcement leader” but he personally regarded him as a “friend and mentor.”
“He did all of these well. His service and dedication to his community was never questioned. He loved being the Ocala Police Chief. He loved Ocala and Ocala loved him back. He will be missed by so many that he has affected…myself included,” Woods wrote on Facebook.
Federal Aviation Administration officials and detectives with the MCSO major crimes unit are investigating Graham’s death. No further details were released.