Two Florida deputies sanctioned for sharing news of Bob Saget’s death before family was notified – CBS Tampa

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – After an internal investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, two Orange County, Fla., sheriff’s deputies were disciplined for sharing information about Bob’s death. Saget with members of the public in front of the comedian’s family had been notified.

Both deputies confirmed that they inappropriately shared information in testimony given as part of the investigation, the report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. The exact nature of the disciplinary sanction has not been specified.

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Saget was on tour when he was found dead in a hotel room in Orlando, Florida on January 9. Full House – died of ‘blunt traumatic brain injury’, according to an official autopsy report. Saget’s family also said in a statement that Saget died of a traumatic brain injury, adding, “No drugs or alcohol were involved.”

Deputy Emiliano Silva, who answered at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando where Saget’s body was found, texted his brother to inform him of Saget’s death, the report said. Minutes later, Silva’s brother tweeted “RIP Bob Saget,” although he later deleted it after Silva told him, the report said.

The tweet prompted a flood of media inquiries at a time when authorities had yet to notify Saget’s relatives, the report said, citing the sheriff’s department communications director.

Silva later told internal investigators in an interview that he “really didn’t mean it” when he shared the information with his brother, but that he “had no bad intentions,” according to the report. .

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Before Silva’s brother deleted his tweet, another account replied asking how he learned of Saget’s death, the report said. This account holder said he received similar information from his friend, who was a member of the department – later identified as Deputy Steven Reed.

According to the inquest, Reed, who was off duty at the time, texted the news of Saget’s death to two neighbors who had recently attended one of Saget’s performances. Reed told investigators in his own interview, “Hindsight, probably shouldn’t have shared it the way and the way I did.”

Both deputies were found guilty of violating department policy, the report said.

CNN sought comment from Jay Smith of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93, who attended Silva and Reed’s interviews as their representative, according to the internal report.

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