Sheriff Grady Judd: Polk County deputy killed in shooting


POLK CITY, Fla. — Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd confirmed the “exceptionally tragic news” that a 21-year-old deputy with the sheriff’s office was killed in a shooting early Tuesday in Polk City. The name of the deputy has not been released at this time. 

Judd said the shooting happened around 3:15 a.m. at a trailer on Foxtown South near Mowtris Lane and Foxtown Central. The sheriff said four deputies went there to serve a warrant after the person failed to appear in court regarding a meth charge. 

Ultimately, the shooting took place and the deputy was rushed to the hospital where he died. Judd said the deputy had only been with the sheriff’s office for a short time.  

Judd said more details about the shooting will be released later Tuesday morning after the deputy’s family has been notified. 

A procession taking the deputy from Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center to the medical examiner’s office in Winter Haven will take place this morning. 

10 Tampa Bay has a crew at the scene.

This is a developing story. Check back with 10 Tampa Bay for updates. 

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