Polk County authorities probe deputy-involved shooting

Last Updated: Monday, March 05, 2018, 9:54 PM EST

Authorities in Polk County are investigating a deputy-involved shooting that happened Monday.

  • Incident happened while deputies looked into recent burglaries
  • Vehicle driving erratically, eventually drove through yard
  • Man displayed knife at deputies, refused to drop it
  • He was shot, died at Lakeland Regional Health

Sheriff Grady Judd said the man shot by deputies died at Lakeland Regional Health.

The incident unfolded about 2:15 p.m. as deputies visited a neighborhood affected by an increase in burglaries.

They spotted a vehicle driving erratically in the middle of the road, and the vehicle eventually turned onto Spring Lane and drove through a yard, Judd said.

A man inside the vehicle exited and began running toward a swampy area. At one point, he turned and screamed "shoot me" at deputies, then kept running until he went inside a shed in the Presidential Lane neighborhood. The man was carrying a knife and had cuts on his body, Judd said.

Deputies surrounded the man and told him to drop the knife. Judd said the man didn't follow the order and was shot multiple times by deputies.

The man's name hasn't been released, pending next of kin. Judd said the man had been arrested on several occasions. He also said marijuana and meth were found inside the abandoned vehicle.

No deputies were hurt, according to Judd.

The State's Attorney's Office assisted with the investigation.