The quintuple shooting began Saturday evening when a woman called authorities about a suspicious vehicle and said that a man who was parked outside her house told her, “God sent me here to speak with one of your daughters,” Judd told reporters on Sunday.
A deputy responded within six minutes and did not find the suspect or the car at the residence, Egli ha detto.
About nine hours later, a circa 4:30 a.m., a deputy two miles away heard two volleys of automatic gunfire. Deputies responded and calls reporting an active shooting began coming in as well, disse lo sceriffo.
On arrival, deputies discovered a truck on fire and heard popping noises in the front yard.
“We saw an individual totally outfitted in body armor and looked as if he was ready to engage us all in an active shooter situation,” Judd said. The suspect immediately ran back into the house, Egli ha detto.
“At that moment in time, we heard another volley and a woman scream and a baby whimper,” Judd said.
A lieutenant tried to make entry into the front of the house, but it was barricaded. The lieutenant then went to the back of the house and entered, and the suspect shot at the lieutenant, who returned fire and backed out of the house, Judd said.
A quel punto, things went silent and the suspect came out with his hands up, Judd said. Il sospetto, who had been shot once, was taken into custody.
While in custody, he told deputies that he was a “survivalist.” The term generally refers to a person who proactively prepares for a post-apocalyptic world.
The suspect was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital where, a un certo punto, he jumped up and tried to grab an officer’s gun, Judd said. He was eventually subdued and is being treated. Judd said the suspect will be booked upon release.
Judd said there were “at least dozens if not hundreds” of rounds fired between the suspect and deputies.
“It was a tough situation and it entailed at least two shootouts in close quarter with the suspect,” Egli ha detto.
Photos posted by the Polk County Sheriff showed the extent of the damage to the home on Sunday morning
. A glass door appears completely shattered
, two windows and a wall are riddled with bullet holes and a burnt truck sits outside the home