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On December 27th, at 2:47 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an apartment complex at 810 East First Street in reference to a disturbance/fight . Officers attempted to stop a vehicle at the scene with potential suspects at which time the vehicle fled from the officer. As the vehicle turned onto N. Stella Avenue, it swerved at two Lakeland Police Officers who were on foot in the area breaking up the disturbance. Both officers were nearly hit by the fleeing suspect and they felt as if the vehicle intentionally tried to run over them. Officer Kristopher Conner, 26, fired one round at the vehicle hitting the hood as it approached him. The suspects continued to flee turning west bound onto Memorial Blvd and LPD Officers pursued. The driver jumped out of the vehicle as it was moving at 1045 N. Brunnell Parkway and the vehicle rolled into a duplex causing minor damage to the duplex and parked car.

Officers gave chase of the driver and he was apprehended a short distance away. During the foot chase, Officer Deangelo Anthony was bitten by a Police K-9 and transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center (LRMC). Officer Kristopher Conner received a fracture to his right arm during the apprehension of the driver and he was transported to LRMC.

The driver and two passengers were transported to LPD for questioning. They have not been identified at this time. The Violent Crimes Unit and State Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting. An updated press release will be sent out this morning.

UPDATE...UPDATE...

Driver – Ryan Young, 25 yrs of age, 630 Pear Street. Lakeland, Fla

Charges: 2cts of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon (vehicle) and Aggravated Fleeing to Elude

Passengers – Released and not charged. 




Update from Officer Involved Shooting

From Kathryn Avenue

LAKELAND, FL (December 24, 2014)

 

The investigation is still ongoing at this time however here are a few more details from the officer involved shooting on December 22nd.

The involved officers are:

1.     SWAT team member - Officer Jason Gates, 30 yrs of age, employed for 2 ½ years.

2.     SWAT team member – Officer Jarrod Robinson, 25 yrs of age, employed for 2 yrs, 10 months.

3.     Officer Christopher Cintron, 34 yrs of age, employed for 4 ½ yrs.

4.     Sgt. Doug Brown, 40 yrs of age, employed for 13 yrs.

Per department policy, the officers will be placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

The handgun that James Monroe pointed at the officers was loaded with 9 rounds to include one round in the chamber. The handgun is described as a Smith & Wesson, 40 caliber, semi-automatic.

The officers fired a total of 31 rounds during the standoff. It is still unknown how many times Monroe was shot at this time as the autopsy has not been completed.

The deceased female, Susan Monroe, located in the house died as a result of a homicide. She had been shot once in the back of the head.

There is no additional information at this time.

 


On December 22, at 5:10 p.m., The Lakeland Police Department responded to 2804 Kathryn Avenue in reference to a male subject inside stating that someone had committed suicide. The suspect had notified an ex in-law who in return called the police department. Officers arrived on the scene at 5:10 p.m. and observed a male subject through the front window that was armed with a rifle.

The officers were able to make contact with the suspect via a cell phone and begin a dialog at which time the suspect repeatedly made threats that he wanted law enforcement to shoot him. During the incident, the Lakeland Police Department SWAT team responded to assist.  At approximately 11:00pm, the suspect was shot by four LPD officers after he exited the front door with a handgun. It is unknown at this time how many rounds were fired.

The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time until we confirm his identity. Another unidentified body has been located inside the residence deceased from a gunshot injury. Her identity has not been released. Please keep all of the families in your prayers as well as the officers who were forced to take a life in what is called, “Suicide by Cop”. 

UPDATE...UPDATE

The names of the deceased suspect and victim from 2804 Kathryn Avenue

are:

 

Victim: Susan Monroe, DOB 5/22/57. 2804 Kathryn

Avenue, Lakeland, Fla

 

Suspect: James Arlen Monroe Jr , DOB 10/11/53.

2804 Kathryn Avenue, Lakeland, Fla.

 

On December 16th, the Lakeland Police Department responded to 2804 Kathryn Avenue after James Monroe complained of the DEA hiding in his attic. The wife, Susan Monroe felt he needed medication for his behavior. Because of the likelihood that without care or treatment, Monroe may cause serious bodily harm to himself as evident by his behavior, he was taken into custody and transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center for involuntary treatment under the Florida Baker Act.



Marquell Rashad “Shad/Shard” Howard (B/M, DOB/11.28.1984, 5’10”, 160#, long dreads) is being sought by the Lakeland Police Department and U.S. Marshals for the murder of Demetrice Stacy on March 29, 2014.  On October 16, 2014, a grand jury issued an indictment on Mr. Howard for First Degree Murder, as well as a multitude of other felony charges related to the homicide. Mr. Howard continues to elude capture while a REWARD of $3,500.00 remains unclaimed.

Anyone who claims to hold credible information on the whereabouts of Mr. Howard or Mr. Andrews is urged to contact Heartland CrimeStoppers at (800) 226-TIPS, www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com, or Detective Brian Wallace at 863/834-8968.

YOU WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS if you have information on these fugitives’ locations.