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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. 

On June 10th at 6:50 p.m., an anonymous caller called 911 to report a shooting at 1031 North Florence Avenue. Officers arrived and entered the residence through an unlocked door and located the victim who was lying on his back in the living room. The victim had a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Lakeland Regional Health in critical condition and at this time, he is still admitted. No other updates on his condition at this time.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) responded to the scene to investigate and at this time no arrests have been made. Detectives are continuing to interview potential witnesses and following up on leads. We are not releasing the location the victim was shot or how many times as this is still an ongoing investigation. The victim has been identified as:

Chauncey Rollins, DOB 10/19/78. Unknown address at this time. 

The Lakeland Police Department continues its investigation into the shooting of an armed sexual battery suspect. There is no additional information at this time as to why David Cuevas was allowed to bond out in Pennsylvania.

Cuevas checked in at the Crestwood Suite Extended Stay Hotel, 4360 Lakeland Park Dr, Lakeland. This is within 2 blocks of the location he decided to meet the victim at which was Lake Gibson Park. A search of his hotel room revealed a duffel bag with rope, duct tape, chains, stun gun, and leg restraints.

Also located in his vehicle (Nissan Xterra) that he drove Lake Gibson Park were 725 9mm rounds, additional leg restraints, two (2) pair of handcuffs, knife and binoculars.

A search of Cuevas revealed that he had four (4) loaded magazines for his 9mm handgun in his rear pocket. It is apparent that this violent offender was intent of committing yet another senseless crime which possibly would have been the abduction and murder of the victim had not our detectives intervened. Our detectives did an outstanding job getting this dangerous felon off the streets and interrupting his goal to comment another crime.

Detectives stated that after Cuevas bonded out of Pennsylvania and prior to arriving in Lakeland, he had the victim’s name tattooed on him indicating his obsession with her.

The shooting can be described as a running gun battle as detectives gave chase and observed Cuevas turn and pulled a loaded firearm from his waist band. While running, the detectives fired a total of 18 rounds hitting Cuevas 7 times. No one else was injured during this incident. 

On January 26th, at 8:21 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 4335 Williamstown Blvd (Suburban Extended Stay Motel) in reference to a disturbance called in by management. Patrol officers made contact with the victim who stated that she had been raped at gun point by her ex-boyfriend, David Cuevas. The victim and Cuevas met in Philadelphia, PA and dated for one year. They moved to Lakeland, Florida in December 17, 2014. The victim and Cuevas broke up at the end of December and he left town. On January 25, 2015, Cuevas returned to Lakeland and on the 26th, he met her at the hotel room. Cuevas stated he had a gift for her and then he produced a handgun and knife. The victim was then sexually battered against her will by Cuevas and afterwards he fled the scene in an unknown direction and was suspected to be heading back to Pennsylvania.

The Lakeland Police Department Special Victims Unit obtained a warrant for Cuevas for; Armed Kidnapping, Armed Sexual Battery and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. They were also in the process of filing additional charges for stalking and failure to register as a sex offender.

The suspect, Cuevas, was arrested in Pennsylvania on January 28, 2015 and later allowed to bond out of jail for $35,000.00. At this time, it is unknown the circumstances which would allow him to bond out of jail on these charges. Cuevas refused extradition however he fled on his own from Pennsylvania which reactivated the original charges filed by the Lakeland Police Department.

On February 26th, Cuevas began texting the victim who immediately notified the Lakeland Police Department. Detectives worked the case throughout the day and were able to send a text Cuevas with the victim’s phone and convince him that he was talking to the victim. Cuevas at one point sent a text message saying, “I’ll make all the pain go away”. At approximately 5:30 p.m., detectives were able to get Cuevas to meet at Lake Gibson Park thinking he was meeting the victim. When Cuevas arrived in silver Nissan Xterra, detectives pulled into the park and turned on their emergency lights and attempted to taken him into custody. Cuevas exited his vehicle and fled on foot running in front of Star Bucks and Five Guys Burgers at 4660 N. Socrum Loop road. Detectives continually ordered Cuevas to stop and then observed him reaching into his waist band to produce a firearm. The two detectives then fired at Cuevas striking him an undetermined amount of times.

After Cuevas was pronounced deceased at the scene, detectives noticed what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his leg from pulling the handgun out of his waist. The Medical Examiner will determine how many times Cuevas was shot tomorrow at the autopsy and make a determination on the other apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The detectives were not injured and they have been identified as:

Detective Nicholas Pollice, 33 years old, employed since November, 2011.

Detective Michael Lewis, 28 years old, employed since November, 2011.

Per department policy, the officers will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing and detective will be getting more details on the circumstances of Cuevas being able to bond out on the felony charges he was taken into custody on in Pennsylvania.

Deceased - David Cuevas, DOB, 12/9/72, Last known address, 6146 Castor Ave, Philadelphia, PA.

His criminal history is:

Listed as Sex Offender out of Pennsylvania.

11/20/98 Arrested in Casola West Hollywood, CA for Fugitive from Justice, Felony.

03/6/98 Arrested for Retail theft, Theft by Deception, and Receiving Stolen property and in PA.

04/08/98 Arrested for Harassment, Harassment by Stalking and Corruption of Minors in PA.

05/05/98 Arrested for Simple Assault, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Rape, Sexual assault, Corruption of minors and Indecent Assault in PA.

12/14/98 Arrested for Simple Assault, Reckless Endangering, Kidnapping, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Interference w/Custody of children, Theft by unlawful taking, Receiving stolen property and Corruption of Minors in PA.

01/08/99 Arrested for Receiving Stolen property and Retail Theft in PA.

06/19/09 Arrested for Megans Law – Registration in PA.