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Two Arrested in Shooting

On 7-19-14 at approximately 7:34  a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received a call regarding shots fired into a residence located at 1301 Golconda Rd. Additionally, the caller advised that two black males were seen shooting into the house and that they fled the area in a white vehicle occupied by two other black males.

Uniformed officers arrived on scene and discovered that the victim, Leith Watkins, had been sleeping in his bed with his girlfriend when he was struck in both feet by one of the shots. Watkins was treated at the scene by Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County Fire Rescue and transported to LRMC with a non-life threatening injury. Shortly after the description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast, Officer Scianimanico observed a vehicle matching the description on N. Florida Av. He followed the vehicle until backup arrived and executed a traffic stop in the 1400 block of N. Kettles Av. During the stop, the left rear passenger of the vehicle (Mario Garrett) fled on foot; after a short foot chase, he was apprehended. A .380 handgun was found a short distance away from the apprehension. All other occupants of the vehicle were detained at the scene and the reportee/witness was delivered for a “show-up”. Although the reportee could not identify the shooters, the vehicle was positively identified; therefore, impounded as evidence. Inside the vehicle was a .38 caliber handgun which was believed to be used in the shooting. It should be noted that the driver of the vehicle was identified as Shawndell Artis, 34 yrs old, and the front seat passenger and registered owner was identified as Joseph Kelly, 34 yrs old. The right rear passenger was identified as Antonio Pouncey, 21 yrs old and the left rear was identified as Mario Garrett.

Detectives responded to conduct interviews of the suspects and witnesses. It was discovered that the two passengers in the rear, Garrett and Pouncey had asked to be taken by a residence near Skate World. Shawndell Artis agreed and was given directions to 1301 Golconda Rd. After stopping across the street from the residence, Garrett and Pouncey exited the vehicle. Pouncey asked Artist to “hold on” while they walked to the residence. Shortly thereafter, Artist said he heard shots being fired and observed Garrett and Pouncey running back to the vehicle holding handguns. Both subjects got into the back seat of the vehicle and told Artist to drive out of the area. While driving, Artist said that he told Garrett and Pouncey that they needed to get out of the vehicle but they refused and the vehicle was later pulled over by Officer Scianimanico.

Detectives do not believe that this is gang related and it appears as if the shooting was a result of a disagreement between the victim and Pouncey over another matter.

 

The victim is: Leith Watkins, 50 yrs. old.1301 Golconda Road, Lakeland, Fla.

Arrested and Transported to the Polk County Jail:

Mario Fernando Garrett, Jr., 18 yrs old.

510 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, Fla

Charged with – Shooting into an occupied dwelling, F2.

                           Resisting Arrest w/o violence, M1.

                           Violation of probation, F3.

Antonio Maurice Pouncey, 21 yrs old

1350 Lake Bonny Drive W. #24, Lakeland, Fla

Charged with - Shooting into an occupied dwelling, F2.

                          Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, F2.


Update On Officer Involved Shooting

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. 

Officer Involved Shooting on Florence Avenue

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

  


Suspect Arrested in Shooting

 

On May 11th at 8:05 p.m., at 712 E. Garden Street #2, the two victims listed in the affidavit were sitting in front of this location. They observed a blackish-gray 4 door vehicle drive up from the westbound direction on Garden Street and come to a stop in front of the residence. One shot was fired from the front passenger side of the vehicle towards them and no one was hit. One of the witnesses identified the shooter as Bayshawn Kelly, 15 years of age. The other witness could not identify the shooter.

 

Violent Crimes Detectives were called to investigate the shooting and they later arrested Kelly without incident at his residence. Kelly is a documented Florida Gang Member and has been involved in three related shooting incidents within the past two weeks whereas he was a witness, victim and suspect.