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Officer Involved Shooting on Florence Avenue

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

  


Crime Stoppers Bulletin - Attempt to ID Grand Theft Suspect Eye Express


On May 7, 2014, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a black male 30-40 years of age, 6’, 180 lbs., wearing a yellow and blue striped shirt, blue jeans and brown ankle boots entered Eye Express located at 5528 Hwy 98 N and stole over $300.00 worth of glasses and sunglasses.

The suspect was seen leaving the area driving a white older model van southbound on Hwy 98 N.

Anyone with information on the identification of this individual is asked to contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-9395 Detective Cain



Shooting Into Dwelling

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.


Griffin Road Traffic Fatality

 

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.