Overnight violence in Highlands County

Law enforcement was busy Friday following two people being shot, a pursuit, and an officer involved involved shooting.


SEBRING, Fla. (WFLA) – Law enforcement was busy Friday following two people being shot, a pursuit, and an officer-involved shooting.

It all started around 8:20 p.m. Friday when deputies say two people were found with gunshot wounds at “The Spot” on Lemon Avenue in Sebring.

While law enforcement was gathering information and evidence at that scene, they say they were called to investigate a drive-by shooting on Douglas Avenue in Sebring. Deputies say they were able to track the suspect’s vehicle thanks to a caller who provided a description. They later matched the car as the same vehicle that was described in the earlier shooting at The Spot.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies activated lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop on this vehicle, but the vehicle fled south on School Street to E.O. Douglas Avenue then north into the Washington Heights neighborhood.

As deputies were converging on the vehicle, they say the suspect rammed three sheriff’s office units. As the suspect continued to flee, deputies say a pursuit was initiated, stop sticks were deployed, and the suspect’s vehicle ended up running on its rims. Deputies say the car pulled into Bay View Apartments and then both suspects ran from the vehicle.

One of the suspects then began pulling the K-9 inside the apartment. Deputies say they then announced “shots fired” and requested EMS. That suspect was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center and later flown out for further treatment, according to the sheriff’s office.

As the investigation continued, deputies using a robot located the second suspect hiding inside the apartment in a closet. He was taken into custody without incident.

Sheriff Susan Benton has requested the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to conduct the officer-involved shooting investigation, including that crime scene. In accordance with sheriff’s office General Orders, both deputies involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave. The Sheriff’s Office and the Sebring Police Department are continuing their investigations into the initial shooting at “The Spot” and on Douglas Avenue.

Anyone with information on these incidents is requested to contact Detective Sergeant Jamie Davidson at 863-402-7322 or FDLE Special Agent John King at 863-386-6085. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), contact us on the internet at http://www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com or simply scan the QR code at right. Anonymity is guaranteed.

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