Windermere Police Department officer Kevin Tuck has been arrested for his participation in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Police Chief David Ogden announced today.
“The Windermere Police Department has worked tirelessly over the past eight years to build a reputation of serving with honor, integrity and service to our residents, and this arrest doesn’t reflect on the hard work of the men and women of the Windermere Police Department,” Ogden said. “It saddens all of us in the law enforcement community to see criminal charges brought forward of any misconduct involving a police officer.”
According to Ogden, another department officer brought Tuck’s participation to the department’s attention. The WPD contacted the FBI Jan. 11, which relayed there was no indication that Tuck was inside the Capitol building that day.
On Jan. 12, Tuck denied being inside the Capitol on that day and stated he was never close and simply was attending a political rally. Tuck didn’t let his chain of command know he would be out of the state or notify his supervisor he would be attending this event. There was no indication that any illegal activity occurred by Tuck at that time from the initial inquiry.
On July 7, the FBI contacted Ogden and advised that an arrest warrant was being secured for Tuck. The FBI requested further cooperation in calling Tuck into the office.
On July 14, Ogden reviewed photographs and a portion of the report that covered the alleged acts of Tuck.
On July 15, the FBI arrested Officer Tuck at the WPD and interviewed him. The FBI relayed he would be federally charged with the following offenses:
• Obstruction of an official proceeding, aiding and abetting
• Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds
• Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds
• Entering and remaining in the Gallery of Congress
• Disorderly conduct in the Capitol Building
• Parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol Building
Upon conclusion of the FBI interview, Tuck resigned from the WPD, effective immediately. WPD will move forward with an internal investigation, which is customary.
Tuck had been a member of the department since May 2019. He came to the agency as a reserve police officer for six months and was offered a full-time position in October 2019. He has no internal investigations in his disciplinary file. Tuck had prior law enforcement experience with the Longwood Police Department for about six years.