The officers Paul Dunn and David Bell were dispatched to meet with a female (girlfriend of suspect) in reference to obtaining some personal property from her residence. While traveling to meet with this female, a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) message transmitted to Officers Dunn and Bell indicated the suspect had two firearms in the residence. Officers Dunn and Bell interviewed the female and made the decision to respond to the suspect’s residence and speak with him regarding obtaining the female’s personal property. The suspect has earlier taken her cell phone during a dispute which is why she called from the 7-Eleven.
Officers Dunn and Bell drove to the suspect’s residence at 1563 Turtle Rock Drive and knocked and rang the doorbell. The suspect responded to the door in the nude in possession of what appeared to be a black handgun. Officers Dunn and Bell retreated to the side of a garage and began giving the suspect verbal commands to drop the gun. The suspect refused to comply with these commands and was subsequently shot and transported to the Lakeland Regional Health for treatment. A loaded 40 caliber semi-automatic firearm was recovered next to the suspect.
While being treated at the scene, the suspect was combative and still refused any commands and did not want medical treatment. Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect was shot approximately 4 times.
Members of the Violent Crimes Unit responded and conducted a neighborhood canvass. At least one witness was located that confirmed she could hear the officers giving verbal commands. The female has been identified as the suspect’s girlfriends, Shannon K. Wood, 46 years of age.
The name of the suspect is Wesley Lee Cook, DOB 12/29/71, 1563 Turtle Rock Drive. He has not been charged at this time and the investigation is still ongoing.
On December 28th at approximately 8:43 pm, the Lakeland Police Department received a phone call from a female needing assistance in getting some personal items out of a house. The female who called from the 7-Eleven on Edgewood Drive, stated she was staying at 1563 Turtle Rock Drive and that she wanted an officer to standby with her to avoid an altercation with the male at this location.
Two Lakeland Police Officers responded to 1563 Turtle Rock Drive and knocked on the front door to make contact with male inside. One officer could see through a side window next to the door a male approaching with what appeared to be a handgun in his hand. Both officers backed up towards the garage while still giving commands for the male to drop the handgun. When the front door opened with male subject still armed with a handgun, the officer perceived a deadly threat and then fired several rounds hitting the male. The male subject dropped down to the floor after being shot and was taken into custody. The male subject was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Hospital where he remains in critical condition. It is unknown at this time how many times the officers fired or how many times the subject was shot.
This investigation is still very fluid and Violent Crime Detectives are still conducting interviews at this time into the early morning hours. The identity of the suspect shot and the female who called the police asking for assistance is unknown at this time. Detectives are still at the scene along with Crime Scene Personnel and no other information is available. An updated press release will be sent out tomorrow afternoon as new information is learned.
Officer Paul Dunn, 46 yrs old, has been identified as the officer involved in the shooting. He has been employed by LPD for 2 ½ years. Per department policy, the officer will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.