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Polk County sheriff's deputy shot, suspect in custody

MULBERRY — A Polk County sheriff's lieutenant was shot while responding to a suicide threat call early Sunday afternoon, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was not seriously injured.

Doug Meadows, 42, is in custody facing multiple counts of attempted-murder of a law enforcement officer charges.

At a news conference late Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Grady Judd said his office received a call around noon about a man threatening to commit suicide in Mulberry.

When deputies arrived, they reported hearing gunshots. According to Judd, Meadows kicked his wife out of the home and started shooting through the windows at deputies.

"So they begin to take up a tactical position," Judd said. "And he starts shooting at our deputies."

Lt. Terry Storie took cover behind a detective's car. One of the bullets hit the ground, ricocheted and struck Storie in the shin.

Storie told Judd it felt like his leg had been hit with a sledgehammer. He was treated at a local hospital and later returned to the neighborhood.

The SWAT team sent in a robot, and deputies say Meadows shot at that at least three or four times.

"The robot is deployed so we can see what's happening without putting deputies in harm's way," Judd said. "We didn't have to have a person in that tactical position or they would've been shot as well."

Deputies say Meadows surrendered after SWAT team members shot gas and pepper spray into the home.

"He came out without a firearm in hand," Judd said.

Meadows' wife was initially in the home, but was able to get out safely.

Judd said Meadows went fishing and had been drinking, according to his wife, and decided "for whatever reason" he wanted to kill himself.

Judd said Meadows does not have an arrest record and there are no records of service calls to the home.

Polk County sheriff's deputy shot, suspect in custody 11/04/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:31pm]
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