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In a letter received from the State Attorney’s Office, Officer Doug Mills and Sergeant Jeff Gary were justified in their use of deadly force. The incident occurred on June 10, 2014 at 800 North Florence Avenue. During the confrontation, the suspect later identified as Tommy Lanier pulled a handgun and shot Officer Doug Mills once in his right arm. Officer Mills and Sgt. Gary returned gunfire striking Lanier multiple times.


UPDATE On Officer Invovoled Shooting

 

The suspect in the shooting today has been identified as:

Tommie A. Lanier

DOB 7/3/47 (66 yrs old)

911 Quincy Street, Lakeland, Fla

 

The suspect was the approximate age and matched the description of the subject that was given out early as being wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and he walking in the same area. When the officers stopped the subject, he backed up and produced a firearm from under his shirt and fired two shots at Officer Mills. Officer Mills was approximately 12 to 15 feet from the subject. Although Officer Mills was struck by at least one bullet in the right arm, he was able to return fire utilizing his duty weapon, as did Sergeant Gary. Officer Mills has been treated and released form the Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

At the time of the incident, Lanier had 4 handguns on his person. Lanier was shot 3 times. It is unknown at this time as to why Lanier fired upon Officer Mills and Sergeant Gary.

 Lanier is listed in critical condition and a warrant is being issued charging him with; Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time. No photograph is available for Tommie Lanier. 

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