[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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  • by NewG'ma Location: Lake City on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    I wish the officers a speedy recovery and applaue the Columbia County Agencies. Maybe there needs to be a second look at the court proceedings. Im not by anyway saying this guy was right. I do however feel you can push someone, anyone over the edge when it comes to their children. In Columbia County Courts it is who you know and who your related to. I feel bad for the children in this family.
  • by Gatorgirl Location: Lake City Fl on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Some of these people on here are just plain ignorant! He was a good guy just make a bad decision and you idiots don't know the whole story! I know 2 of the officers that were shot and I am thankful they weren't hurt bad or killed and also to all the officers that were involved! My prayers still are with his fam!
  • by Yankee on Sep 25, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    He was my friend and "partner". I will miss him.
  • by xy Location: z on Sep 24, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    @Linda -- You are right, your thinking is very warped, not mention conceptually limited. (Although I would term it "attempted reasoning", not "thinking".) Anyhow, how unusual and helpful that you realize it, and give us examples so that we can recognize similar distortions of reason in others when we see them. Thanx!
  • by Yankee on Sep 24, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    More trash. Congratulations "ya'll." North Florida makes national news, again. Yep, lots of corporations will be flocking to bring jobs to the area lol.
  • by citizen Location: north florida on Sep 24, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    swat officers comments are not helpful,talking about visiting people soon and calling people rednecks shows your mind is on force not enforcement if anything it shows a lack of respect for the people who fund you militant views . a man died three goodnmen were wounded and you want to attack readers for their comments.i wonder if youneed to be in law enforcement or back in school
  • by Robert Location: Lake Park on Sep 24, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    It is a sad day when someone blames a gun for doing the killing,men have killed one another for thousands of years governments do the same thing example Iraq,Afghanistan,IED's are used often in place of guns and are often detonated by a simple cell phone so let's look at banninig cell phones also.Do you have any idea how many people are injured maimed or killed daily because a driver was on a cell phone or texting,I myself own numerous guns and semi automatic weapons and I have never pointed one toward any human in anger or playfully it is called responsibility one has to accept that things happen in life good and bad you just don't start killing people that my friends has more to do with a persons,wiring.
  • by TAXPAYER Location: Local on Sep 24, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    Without Guns people can't shoot each other, we should eliminate cars and trucks to prevent people being run over, we should slash and burn the earth to prevent clubs being used, but what to do with the rocks?
  • by Daughter of Law Enforcement Location: Northwest Florida on Sep 24, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    Guns do not kill people. People kill people. Not everyone owns guns with intent to harm someone. Most of the time it is out of defense BECAUSE of the idiots in this world. Not to mention those who enjoy hunting to provide for their family. If it weren't guns, it would be something else to place the blame on as to why society is the way it is. Understand the concept and don't be so quick to judge legit gun owners. Also, it doesn't matter what permits you are required to have by law to possess any weapon. If a criminal wants it that badly, they can find it. I don't believe a criminal would worry about breaking the law about having a permit to own when they have bad intent to use it to begin with. Just a thought...
  • by Toby Location: Tallahassee on Sep 24, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    Thank-you for all of the law enforcement officers that protect us daily. Most of the time you protect us and go unnoticed. It takes courage and honor to do what you do and I am thankful! I hope the injured officers have a speedy recovery and that the deceased rest in peace.
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