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.