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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”. 


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



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.

There Are No Festivities in Jail
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that Lakeland Police will be out this holiday season from December 10, 2014, to January 1, 2015, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk.

The message is simple, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan for a designated driver. 

Millions of drivers on America’s highways still think they are invincible, and they choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads. Don’t let your 2014 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death.

Lakeland Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement; and
Remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.


The pictures are suspects from the Eye Clinic Burglaries before they put on their masks.

The suspects target high end glasses at eye care clinics. The time of the incidents have been between 0400-0600 hours. All points of entry have been the front door, where the suspects use spark plug porcelain chips to shatter the glass. The suspects park their vehicle adjacent to the building and case the clinics on foot before hand. The they put on masks and gloves before making entry into the business.

It appears as though one suspect has a cast on his lower left arm.

Anyone who has information on the identification of these individuals is urged to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800)226-8477, www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com, or Detective Alton “Buddy”

Masters at (863)834-8967.

To be eligible for a cash reward and remain anonymous, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

LPD Event #14-21546