A 20-year Lakeland woman driving a stolen pickup was shot and killed by Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Monday afternoon after she accelerated at them, sheriff’s officials said.
Two deputies had tracked the stolen Ford F-250 to woods off Lakeland Acres Road in North Lakeland and discovered a woman in her early 20s at the wheel, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
After deputies ordered the woman to exit the vehicle, she accelerated toward them, according to the release.
“Fearing for their safety and facing deadly force, both deputies fired at the suspect” who was struck by gunfire and died at the scene shortly before 12:30 p.m., the news release said.
Three adult witnesses interviewed by investigators said they heard the deputies “loudly calling out to the suspect giving verbal commands to stop and get out,” the release said. “They saw the suspect aggressively drive toward the deputies, describing that the suspect ‘had it floored.’”
The dead woman was later identified as 20-year-old Sidney Alexis Renew of Lakeland.
The names of the two deputies involved in the shooting were not released. They are on paid administrative leave during the initial phase of investigations by the sheriff’s office, the medical examiner’s office and the State Attorney’s Office. Neither deputy was injured in the incident.
According to the sheriff’s office, Renew had an extensive criminal history, including 14 felony charges and six misdemeanors for burglary, possession of stolen credit cards, fraud and grand theft.