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Polk Deputies Arrest Man For Attempted Murder In Winter Haven Shooting

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30-Year-Old Christopher McNeal on October 30, 2022 for attempted murder involving an incident that occurred in Winter Haven.

McNeal was charged with:
-782.051 (2) Attempted felony murder

-784.05 (1) Culpable negligence 

-790.15 Discharging firearm in public or on residential property

-790.10 Improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms

– 790.23(1)(A) Possession of firearm by convicted felon

– 918.13(1)(A) Tampering with physical evidence

– 790.23(1)(A) Possession ammunition by convicted felon


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“On 10/29/2022, I were requested by supervision to respond to 3909 Avenue O NW, Winter Haven, Florida, in reference to a past occurred dangerous shooting. Upon my arrival, I made contact with D/S McBath #5582 who briefed me on the circumstances surrounding the incident. I was advised earlier on 10/29/2022, Christopher McNeal was involved in a disturbance with REDACTED’s family at REDACTED, Winter Haven. During the incident VICTIM advised there may be retaliation if the situation was not resolved. The investigation involving that incident is still ongoing and outlined under PCSO Case #22-45544. It should be reflected the previous incident was classified as an Aggravated Assault investigation and Christopher Mcneal is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. 

During D/S McBath’s investigation at 3909 Avenue ONW contact was made with Christopher McNeal who reported a vehicle being shot up at this location. While D/S McBath was collecting Christopher McNeal’s statement, he advised that he needed to pick up his child at which time he left the scene and never returned. The only information that could be confirmed was two vehicles drove by the residence and shot the vehicle parked in the driveway, and left the scene in an unknown direction.

I assessed the scene and observed a gray in color Nissan Altima bearing FL tag # QTQZ50 parked in the drive way at 3909 Avenue O NW. I observed a partially shattered rear windshield, the rear left window was shattered, and two apparent bullet holes in the front, right portion of the front windshield. Three shell casings were located, one at the left front tire, one near the driver side windshield wiper, and one located in front of the vehicle on the ground. This vehicle was unoccupied during the time of the shooting and no injuries were sustained. 

Crime Scene was notified and responded to process and photograph the scene accordingly. 

The only subject remaining on scene was Calvin White, the owner of the Nissan Altima. Calvin White was uncooperative and did not wish to provide any statements, did not wish to be a victim, and did not want any further involvement with the incident. Calvin White did give consent to process the vehicle to obtain any projectiles and/or anything of evidentiary value. The search of the vehicle did not reveal any projectiles, blood, or any other evidence pertaining to this investigation.  

The shell casings were collected by Crime Scene and were observed to be from a Blazer 380 automatic. Crime Scene collected the shell casing to be processed for touch DNA and Latent prints.

On 10/30/2022, I (Affiant) responded to REDACTED, Winter Haven, Florida, in reference to making contact with REDACTED, and VICTIM. Contact was made with VICTIM, who advised he wished to cooperate with the investigation. VICTIM provided me with a baseball bat, he advised he used this to break the windows of the vehicle involved in this incident. VICTIM volunteered to be transported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Central Substation where a recorded interview was conducted. During the recorded interview with VICTIM, I learned the following:

During the day on 10/29/2022, VICTIM arrived at REDACTED and made contact with his mother,REDACTEDREDACTED advised VICTIM that Christopher McNeal pulled out a gun and pointed it at her during a verbal altercation. VICTIM was told by Deputies due to conflicting stories the investigation was still ongoing and charges would not be filed at that time. VICTIM told Deputies if they were not going to do anything, he was going to beat up Christopher. VICTIM then began asking around for what vehicle Christopher McNeal was driving, and learned he was driving a gold in color van. VICTIM also learned where Christopher McNeal lived. At approximately 2115 hours on 10/29/2022, VICTIM responded to 3909 Avenue ONW, driving his green colored Ford Expedition, in an attempt to locate the gold in color van at Christopher McNeal’s residence. VICTIM did not observe the gold in color van, but instead located a gray colored Nissan Altima. VICTIM got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat, and broke the rear windshield, rear passenger window, and front windshield. VICTIM got back into his vehicle, and heard gunshots coming from the residence and realized someone was shooting at him. VICTIM left the scene without being struck by the projectile. VICTIM advised he was notified by Calvin White, which is his friend, that the car was his and not Christopher McNeal’s. VICTIM and Calvin McNeal entered into a civil agreement to fix his vehicle, and Calvin did not wish to pursue charges. 

A criminal history check was conducted on Christopher Mcneal, and it was learned Christopher Mcneal was convicted for the following felonies:

On 10/30/2013 in Polk County for Grand theft of a motor vehicle.

On 10/30/2013 in Polk County for Burglary unoccupied conveyance.

Christopher McNeal also has several other felony and misdemeanor arrests.

REDACTED was contacted and responded to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Central substation, and provided a recorded statement to Det. Kretzer in regards to the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon investigation. During the recorded interview, REDACTED advised during the incident Christopher Mcneal pointed a small black in color handgun at her. Please reference Det. Kretzer’s supplement report for further regarding that investigation. 

Based upon the recorded interview with REDACTED, probable cause was established to charge Christopher McNeal with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Improper Exhibition of a Firearm. Central District Patrol responded to 3909 Avenue O NW, and placed Christopher McNeal under arrest, and transported him to Polk County Sheriff’s Office Central Substation to conduct a recorded interview. 

Upon Christopher McNeal’s arrival at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a recorded interview was conducted. Christopher McNeal was advised his Miranda Rights, and agreed to speak with myself and Detective Aaron Kretzer #6360. During the recorded interview I learned the following:

During the day on 10/29/2022, Christopher McNeal went to pick up his child from REDACTED at her father’s house. In the vehicle with Christopher McNeal was his cousin REDACTED. While going to REDACTED‘s father’s residence, Christopher McNeal seesREDACTED at REDACTED, and stops in the street. REDACTED ‘s bring their child out and passes him through the open window to Christopher McNeal. While this was going on, REDACTED ‘s exits her residence, picks up a shovel, and begins swinging the shovel at the vehicle. REDACTED tells REDACTED to go inside the house, and Christopher McNeal left the scene. When Christopher McNeal was initially asked about when he last purchased a firearm, he advised 3 or 4 years prior. When confronted about leaving the scene during the shooting incident the night before, Christopher McNeal stated he was concerned about the Department of Children and Families coming out because of the incident. Christopher McNeal was advised we had spoken to VICTIM and he advised he did come and break the windows out of the vehicle. At this point, Christopher McNeal advised approximately two weeks ago, he had purchased a gun from a guy on the street because of growing tension with the REDACTED family. Christopher McNeal stated the gun was a small black in color Ruger .380 caliber gun, and the ammo came with it. Christopher McNeal stated on the night of 10/29/2022, he was in the back yard and heard glass break and loud bangs coming from the front of the residence. Christopher advised he recognized VICTIM‘s green SUV and began shooting at the car, thinking he was being shot at because of the loud bangs and hearing glass break. Christopher McNeal advised he was not shooting towards houses, but at the vehicle driven by VICTIM. Christopher McNeal stated he shot “4” times at the vehicle. When asked where the gun was, Christopher McNeal advised it was in a cabinet at his residence. Christopher McNeal gave consent (written) to retrieve the firearm from the residence. 

PCSO Deputies, Det. Kretzer, and I responded with Christopher McNeal to 3909 Avenue O NW. The firearm was retrieved from underneath the front steps. The firearm was wrapped in a diaper in a plastic bag where it was intentionally concealed. The firearm was a black in color Ruger 380 LCP and contained 6 rounds of ammunition. The firearm was collected and secured. A check was conducted on the firearm and was advised the firearm was not reported stolen. I checked the ammunition and observed it to be Blazer 380 automatic ammunition which matches the casings that were collected from the scene after the shooting occurred.. 

Based upon my investigation, I determined the following:

Christopher McNeal was convicted of two felonies on 10/30/2013 and is listed as a convicted felon. Based upon Christopher McNeal’s own statements he had purchased a Ruger 380 loaded firearm from an unknown subject on the street. During the incident Christopher McNeal had in his care, custody, possession, and control the Ruger .380 LCP with 6 rounds of ammunition, committing the crime of Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. During the incident, Christopher McNeal discharged his firearm toward VICTIM intentionally (4 times), and could have but did not result in the death of VICTIM committing the crime of Attempted Felony Murder. As a result of Christopher McNeal’s culpable negligence he exposed himself, and other residences on Avenue O NW to personal injury by recklessly discharging his firearm at the vehicle. During the incident, Christopher McNeal was in public and was carrying a firearm in a careless manner and while doing so, recklessly and negligently discharged approximately 4 rounds in a residential neighborhood. After the incident Christopher Mcneal hid the firearm under the front stairs to his residence to conceal the firearm and prevent it from being found, committing the crime of tamprering with physical evidence.

The following charges have been submitted for Christopher McNeal:

-782.051 (2) Attempted felony murder

-784.05 (1) Culpable negligence 

-790.15 Discharging firearm in public or on residential property

-790.10 Improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearms

– 790.23(1)(A) Possession of firearm by convicted felon

– 918.13(1)(A) Tampering with physical evidence

– 790.23(1)(A) Possession ammunition by convicted felon”
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