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On June 10, 2014 at approximately 10:23 a.m. Officer Ace Williams received information that a wanted person was in the area of 100 West Parker Street. This information was received from a family member who had just driven by the park. Officer Williams confirmed through a teletype that the subject in question was wanted out of Polk County on a misdemeanor warrant for Violation of Probation – Resisting Arrest Without Violence.

 

At approximately 10:26 a.m., Officer Doug Mills and Sgt. Jeff Gary arrived in the area looking for the wanted person. They observed a subject matching the description who was walking away from North Lake Wire Park and toward Florence Avenue.  At 10:27 a.m., the subject stopped in the front yard at 800 North Florence Avenue, reached under his shirt, produced a firearm and fired at Officer Mills. Officer Mills and Sergeant Gary returned fire hitting the subject several times. During the exchange of gunfire, Officer Mills was hit in the right forearm and the bullet exited his elbow. The suspect had a total of 4 firearms concealed on his person.

At this time it is undetermined how many times the suspect was shot or his identity. It is unknown if the subject shot is the same as the wanted person they were looking for. Officer Mills and the suspect where transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Officer Mills has been treated and released at this time. Detectives and the State Attorney’s Officer are currently investigating the shooting.  Per department policy, Officer Mills and Sgt. Gary will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Officer Douglas Mills, 36 yrs of age, was hired 12/1/08 and his annual salary is $46,628.00. Officer Mills will not be speaking to the press and is resting at home.

Sgt. Jeff Gary, 54 yrs of age, was hired 6/22/92 and his annual salary is $78,296.00

The investigation is ongoing and an updated press release will be sent out when the suspect is positively identified

  


On June 2, 2014 at 7:22 p.m., the victim, Diane Scoville, 43 yrs of age, was sitting on her porch at 837 N. Texas Avenue. Scoville was talking on her cell phone when she heard several gun shots and then felt a thump on the back of her head. Scoville called the Lakeland Police Department thinking she was shot and it was discovered that two bullets hit her residence with one knocking off a small piece of concrete that hit her head. The bullets came from the direction of Texas Avenue and Emma Street. Scoville did not see any vehicles in the area at the time of the shooting. Scoville was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.


 

On June 2nd, at 10:36 a.m., the driver of a 2012 Ford Focus, 4dr, was on Highlands Fairway Blvd attempting to turn left from the entrance of Highlands Fairway to travel east on Griffin Road. The driver of this vehicle has been identified as Vern W. Catton, 97 years of age, 3510 Innis Brook Drive, Lakeland, Fla.

A vehicle, 2003 Ford Escape, driving west bound on Griffin Road in the inside lane struck the vehicle driven by Catton on the driver’s side. The driver of the Ford Escape has been identified as Samantha Allemang, 18 years old, 240 Heatherpoint Drive, Lakeland, Fla.

Catton was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries from the crash. Allemang sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. A Traffic Homicide Investigator will follow-up on the investigation.

The roadway was closed for approx. 3 hours during the crash investigation. 


On May 23rd, the victim, 17 yrs old at the time of the incident and a student at Lakeland Senior High School (LHS) responded to the Lakeland Police Department to report a sexual battery. The victim stated that the suspect, Joseph Tillman, 18 yrs old and also a student of LHS was at her house assisting her with some studies when he sexually battered her on the carport. This location is within the jurisdiction of the Lakeland Police Department. The victim stated these actions were against her will and unwanted. This incident occurred on March 29th, 2014 and was not reported until May 23rd.

 

On May 29th, detectives received information on a second victim and she was interviewed. The victim, 17 yrs old and a student at LHS, stated that at the end of January or beginning of February, she was at a park located within the city limits of Lakeland and speaking to Tillman. The victim stated that she went to use the restroom and Tillman entered the restroom afterwards locking the door. The victim advised she was then sexually battered against her will.

 

On May 29th, at 10:00pm, Joseph Tillman was arrested at his residence, 1036 Butter Cup Drive, Lakeland, Fla.