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 Office
r 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