LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies shot a person, who they describe as a suspect, Thursday evening. The suspect has died.
The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. at 2938 Del Rose Dr. in Lakeland.
The incident started when a woman called and asked for “help getting her adult son out of the house,” a sheriff’s office spokesperson said.
When deputies arrived, the mother said her 53-year-old son, John Pacuicrk, had become angry and locked himself in his bedroom, deputies said.
“She told him through the locked door that she wanted him to leave. She then decided to call PCSO, due to his state of anger and refusal to talk to her,” the spokesperson explained.
The mom told deputies Pacuicrk had a gun in the room. Deputies went inside and then heard gunshots from the front yard, according to the sheriff’s office. “They ran outside and saw two men fighting, rolling on the ground,” the spokesperson said.
Deputies said Pacuicrk was fighting with his brother. When deputies told the suspect to drop his weapon, he pointed it at a deputy.
Deputies Lee Smith, 23, and Bernardo Del Valle, 28, then shot the suspect. The spokesperson said the suspect was shot several times.
“The deputies advised on the radio shots were fired and they asked for EMS to respond. They performed life-saving measures on John until EMS arrived. He was pronounced dead on-scene,” the spokesperson said.
Deputies said they have since learned Pacuicrk’s brother encountered the suspect with a gun in each hand, saying “I’m going to kill her.” The brother put the suspect in a bear hug.
“While (the brother) is holding onto John, John shoots their mother multiple times,” the spokesperson said. “She is struck twice, once in each lower leg. They wrestle and fall on the ground, fighting; that’s when the deputies come outside. (The mom) managed to get into her car and seek refuge after being shot.”
As is protocol, both deputies are on paid administrative leave during the investigation. There are four independent organizations: a death investigation, a Polk County Sheriff’s Office administrative investigation, a State Attorney’s Office investigation and a medical examiner’s office investigation.