Four people are dead, including a mother who was still cradling her now-deceased baby, in what Florida sheriff’s deputies are calling a massive gun-battle early today with a suspect they say was “ready for battle.”
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the unidentified suspect was dressed in full body armor — including a bulletproof vest — when he was found outside a Lakeland home that had been booby-trapped.
After two rounds of gunfire with police and deputies — where dozens, “if not hundreds of rounds,” were exchanged, Judd says, the suspect was shot once and left the home to surrender. Inside the home, authorities found an 11-year-old girl who had been shot multiple times.
She told deputies there were three dead people inside, Judd says during a news conference today.