Grand Jury Reviewing Officer-Involved Shooting at Lake Ella

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By: Julie Montanaro
May 6, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Leon County grand jury is now reviewing an officer involved shooting at Lake Ella.

It happened in March as Tallahassee Police responded to reports of a man with a gun sitting on a park bench.

TPD Officer Zackri Jones wound up shooting and killing 64 year old Garland Wingo.

Officer Jones and at least two other officers testified before the grand jury this morning.

State Attorney Willie Meggs says the results of the grand jury deliberations will be announced tomorrow.

News Release: Tallahassee Police Dept.
March 19, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Tallahassee Police continues to investigate yesterday’s shooting incident at Lake Ella. The officer involved was Zackri Jones who has been with the department since June 2012. The decedent has been identified as Garland Lee Wingo I, white male, 64 years of age. The police department appreciates the cooperation from all those impacted by yesterday’s events. At this time, the investigation continues and the Tallahassee Police Department is requesting anyone with information to please call (850) 891-4200.

News Release: Tallahassee Police Dept.
March 18, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- At approximately 6:55 p.m. this evening, Tallahassee Police officers were called to Lake Ella for a report of a white male armed with a weapon who was reportedly sitting on a park bench. The first officer on scene located the individual on the south side of the lake near the bathroom area. The officer made contact with him and confirmed he was armed. While the investigation is ongoing, it is known that an interaction took place and the TPD officer discharged his weapon, striking the individual. Emergency medical personnel were summoned to provide lifesaving measures but the male succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

A firearm, belonging to the male, was recovered by TPD's Violent Crimes and Forensics Unit, who are currently processing evidence and interviewing all identified witnesses. Thankfully, there was no one else injured as a result of the case and the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is department policy.

TPD is asking anyone who may have been at Lake Ella with information about this case, but was not interviewed by TPD officers, to please call them at (850)891-4200.

WCTV Eyewitness News
March 18, 2015 7:20pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee Police are investigating a shooting at Lake Ella.

We have a reporter on scene and will bring you the latest as it becomes available.

This is a developing story.

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