Sheriff: Florida man killed himself after shooting at 2 deputies

Posted at 10:22 PM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 07:51:19-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in central Florida say a man shot at two sheriff's deputies who came to his house after receiving a call about a possible domestic dispute.

An hours-long standoff ended Thursday night when deputies finally entered the home in Lakeland and found the man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Neither deputy was injured in the shooting.

Polk County Sheriff's spokesman Brian Bruchey said in an email that deputies initially went to the home to attempt to make contact with a woman and her teenage son. They were found safe at another location early Friday.

Bruchey says the deputies were standing at the door of the home, trying to get the man inside to come outside. He told them he didn't want to go back to jail and started firing.

"We don't know if they are alive and well," said Sheriff Judd. "We don't know if something nefarious occurred to them."

The sheriff's office is asking Jennifer and her son to contact them as soon as possible.

The name of the suspect will be released once detectives positively identify him and notify next of kin.

None of the deputies who responded to the mobile home were injured.