CHARLOTTE COUNTY- The four members of the Charlotte County Warrant Squad know what they are up against. Every day they set out trying to locate some of the most wanted fugitives in Southwest Florida.
The fact that six officers in Florida have been killed by gunfire on the job since the beginning of the year weighs heavy on their minds as they do their job.
"It's tough we are hearing more and more every day that there has been more this year than every other year" said Sergeant Rick Goff, who leads the four man team.
Deputies Jeff Young, Brad Murray and Ralph Soberay work in teams to secure wanted fugitives. One of the things that they do to stay safe is that they always work in teams of at least two people.
"Any time you go to a house looking for somebody for warrants you just don't know what you're going to come across," said detective Young as they escorted a fugitive from his home in deep creek to a waiting patrol car. "He has been charged with felony battery-it's a case that occurred last year in September."
The fact that half of the officers that have fallen in the line of duty in Florida since the beginning of the year were serving warrants, makes these four men cautious and calculated when they approach any suspected wanted person.
All four are U.S. Marshals and they have started training with tactics from the Marshals service in Fort Myers to tweak their skills. All in an effort just to make sure that they come home safe at night.