LAKELAND – A Polk County deputy fatally shot a 37-year-old Davenport man who charged at the deputy with a knife, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
The Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred Tuesday evening in unincorporated Davenport when Deputy Sheriff Gregory Streeter, 27, responded to a residence on County Road 547 North about 10:30 p.m.
The person who called 911 said that Gilberto Martinez-Nava and his ex-wife had been arguing and he began to choke her, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
The press release said family members got the woman away from him but he became increasingly hostile and irrational and armed himself with a knife.
Reports say Streeter arrived at the house at 10:35 p.m. When he knocked on a side door, it was opened by an elderly woman. Martinez-Nava was about 10 to 15 feet behind her. When Martinez-Nava saw the deputy, he began charging at him while holding the knife at shoulder height, with the blade pointed up and toward Streeter, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The deputy yelled, “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” but Martinez-Nava refused and continued charging, the PCSO said.
Streeter then shot Martinez-Nava, causing him to fall to the ground, still holding the knife, according to a press release. The deputy radioed that shots had been fired and tried to revive Martinez-Nava until Polk County Fire Rescue arrived, PCSO said.
Martinez-Nava was taken to a local hospital where he died about an hour later.
The investigation showed that Streeter fired four shots. There were three gunshot wounds to Martinez-Nava’s torso, and one to his arm.
Several suicide notes were found in Martinez-Nava’s clothes, the PCSO said.
This investigation is ongoing.
Streeter will be placed on administrative leave with pay while four independent investigations take place. Per standard protocol, the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit will conduct a death investigation, Administrative Investigations will conduct an administrative inquiry, the State Attorney’s Office will conduct a separate investigation, and the 10th District Medical Examiner office will conduct an investigation to determine the cause and manner of death.
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