POLK CITY, Fla. — Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said a deputy was shot and killed early Tuesday morning while serving a search warrant.
The deputy, whose name has not been released at this time, was 21 years old and had only been with the department for a “short period of time,” Judd said.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting happened around 3:15 a.m. south of Foxtown in the unincorporated town of Polk.
After the shooting, the deputy was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.
The deputy was with three other deputies to serve a failure to appear warrant for methamphetamine, Judd said.
Deputies were able to enter the suspect’s trailer “successfully” before shots were fired, Judd said.
The sheriff did not release any information about the suspect.
The sheriff’s office said there will be a procession this morning to take a deputy from LRMC to the medical examiner on Jim Keen Boulevard in Winter Haven.
Judd said this is the first time an officer-involved shooting team from the 10th Judicial District has been involved.