[UPDATE] 3 Officers Shot in Lake City, Florida; Suspect Dead

By: ActionNewsJax.com; AP; Dontaye Carter
By: ActionNewsJax.com; AP; Dontaye Carter

September 23, 2011 11:00 pm

Clint Boone has lived his entire life in Lake City. He heard the gunshots on Friday and walked outside to a shocking scene.

"One Officer had his bullet proof vest pulled to the side and was holding his rib cage," said Boone.

Columbia County Sheriff's office say the man, who they are not identifying at this time, opened fire on three police officers when they responded to a domestic violence complaint around noon Friday.

The City Manager identified the wounded officers as Investigator David Greear, Sgt. Jason Byrd, and officer Mitchell Cline.

They were sent to Shands Hospital where they are listed in good condition.

Immediately after the shooting the standoff began.

The suspects mother and people who knew the family were all on scene. All say they couldn't believe what they were seeing.

"He was going to get served a restraining order for domestic violence, said Daniel Bumgarner. "I guess he didn't take it well."

Deputies say after a standoff for several hours they finally entered the home just before 8:30 Friday night and found the suspect committed suicide.

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Suspect in Shooting is Dead

Lake City, FL - The man suspected of shooting three police officers in Lake City is dead.

Authorities say a man opened fire on police outside his Florida home, wounding three officers before he barricaded himself inside and committed suicide.

The shooting happened as officers went to a home near NW Matthew Street and NW Irma Avenue, just south of Oak Lawn Cemetery, to serve a restraining order on the suspect. The SWAT team with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office was there to assist.

City Manager Wendell Johnson identified the wounded officers as Investigator David Greear, a 12-year veteran of the force; Sgt. Jason Byrd, also a 12-year veteran of the force; and officer Mitchell Cline, who's been with the Lake City Police Department for six years. Byrd remains hospitalized in Gainesville. Cline and Greear have been released, according to police.

Action News has learned the suspect, according to the City Manager, went to court this morning on a matter relating to a child custody case, but he left the proceedings very upset.

A short time later, a woman called police to say he saw the suspect walk into a home, carrying a lot of weapons and wearing camouflage.

The home belonged to the man's ex-wife, and he wasn't supposed to be there. Police responded to the home around 12:14 p.m. and the suspect came outside where he fired multiple shots at officers. The man went back into the home and barricaded himself inside.

The suspect has not been identified.

The Lake City Police Department is holding a news conference shortly to give new information in the incident.

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3 Florida officers shot, wounded in standoff

Lake City, FL (AP) - Authorities say three Lake City, Fla.,
police officers have been shot and wounded by an armed man who has barricaded himself inside a home.

Police say the situation began shortly after noon Friday when
officers responded to a domestic violence incident at the home. As
officers were setting up a perimeter, authorities say the man came
out of the house and opened fire. Three officers were hit, and the
man ran back inside the house.

Almost immediately, multiple state and local agencies responded
to the home.

Columbia County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Seifert says they're being
patient, trying to keep anyone else from getting hurt.

The three wounded officers were taken to nearby hospitals, where
they were in good condition.

Investigators say the wounded officers work for the Lake City Police Department. The City Manager identified the wounded officers as Investigator David Greear, a 12-year veteran of the foce; Sgt. Jason Byrd, also a 12-year veteran of the force; and officer Mitchell Cline, who's been with the Lake City Police Department for six years.

Lake City is about 60 miles west of Jacksonville.

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3 Lake City officers shot, wounded in standoff

Lake City, FL (AP) - Officials say three Lake City police officers were shot and wounded, sparking a standoff with a man who has barricaded himself inside a home.

City officials say they situation began Friday when a neighbor
noticed the man entering his own home dressed in camouflage
clothing and carrying multiple firearms. The man was apparently
upset about the outcome of a trial that involved his son.

The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/ofTr0g ) reports that
officers responded to the home. Officials say the man came out and
began firing an automatic rifle, hitting the three officers.

A standoff between police and the man continued Friday
afternoon.

The three wounded officers were taken to a Gainesville hospital,
where they were reported to be in good condition.

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UPDATE 9-23-2011

WCTV has a crew on scene, and here are the latest developments:

The three Lake City officers that were shot have been transported to Shands at UF. All officers are listed in good condition

The incident is still ongoing with the suspect still inside the house.
Entire neighborhood is on lockdown at this time.

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Lake City, Florida - September 23, 2011 -

The Florida Highway Patrol says at least three police officers have been shot in Lake City.

The scene is at NW Matthew Street and NW Irma Avenue. This is just south of Oak Lawn Cemetery, which is northwest of US 90 and Highway 41.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says Lake City police officers went to a home to serve a restraining order when shots were fired. The SWAT team with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office was there to assist.

According to the city manger, the guy who is holed up inside had a court hearing this morning regarding his child and didn’t like the outcome of it.

Investigators haven't said which agency the wounded officers work for.


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