LAKELAND - The suspect in the killing of one Polk County deputy sheriff and wounding of another died with his hand on a pistol - believed to be a .45-caliber snatched from the fallen officer.
Sheriff Grady Judd said. the suspect was shot numerous times by SWAT team members who found him hiding in a hollowed-out area under a fallen oak tree.
When officers commanded him to show his hands, he only showed one hand and the officers opened fire, Judd said. After the shooting ended, officers found a pistol in the suspect’s hand believed to be that of slain K-9 Deputy Matt Williams.
“God will be the judge and jury this time,” Judd said.
God Bless Deputy Williams and his family. Job well done Sheriff!