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Winter Haven Police Investigating Shooting And Apparent Suicide

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On Sunday, 10/30/22 at approximately 9:09 p.m., members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the County jurisdiction regarding a suspicious incident. The caller indicated that someone had contacted a church pastor who had a small child brought to his residence. Information was obtained that the child’s father stated  he had shot his wife at their home, located on Sophia Dr. within the City limits of Winter Haven. 
Members from Winter Haven Police and Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence and located the female victim. She was transported to Lakeland Regional Health in extremely critical condition. 
Phone pings were utilized and the husband was ultimately located driving in the area of Hwy 640 near Mulberry. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and attempted to have the male exit the vehicle. A short time elapsed and the male was seen but appeared to not be moving. Ultimately the victim was found deceased inside of the vehicle from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

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