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A woman is charged with murder after an officer fatally shot a fellow deputy

A Florida woman is charged with second-degree murder among others, after an officer fatally shot a fellow deputy in friendly fire.

A Florida woman is charged with second-degree murder among others, after an officer fatally shot a fellow deputy in friendly fire.

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Even though the deputy was killed by a fellow officer’s gunfire, authorities claim the suspect was responsible for the death by fleeing the scene and aiming a “realistic-looking BB gun” at police.

Blane Lane, 21, was killed in the line of duty in Polk City, Florida, early on Tuesday morning. Cheryl Lynn Williams, 46, is charged with 13 felonies in connection with the deputy’s death, including second-degree murder.

Lane, who was from Fort Meade, Florida, had just started working as a sheriff’s deputy this year.

At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd remarked, “All of this breaks our hearts.” “He had always wanted to work in law enforcement. Just a few months ago, I swore him in,” he added.

Williams was allegedly wanted at the time of the incident by police authorities. This is for failing to show up in court on a charge of drug possession.

How it happened

Williams was to be served with a felony arrest warrant at around 3 a.m. on the day in question. He was to be served warrant by Lane and three other deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office: Johnny Holsonback III, Adam Pennell and Sergeant Michael Brooks.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office cites a witness who was present and claims that the defendant was hiding someplace in the back of the house when they arrived.

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The other three deputies allegedly entered the building after a second witness shouted, “She’s in here,” which prompted Lane to take a position close to the back of the building.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office stated in a detailed statement that “Lane’s tactical stance allowed him to see the door and windows, ensuring that he would notice the suspect if she tried to flee.”

Then Williams came, carrying what was later discovered to be a “very realistic-looking BB gun,” according to the sheriff’s office.

A hail of gunfire ensued. At least twice, Williams was struck, but Lane was struck once. The bullet from friendly fire penetrated his arm and traveled to his chest. Lane later passed away at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

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Additionally, the defendant was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds. Her condition is said to be stable.

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The family of Blane has been given a memorial fund.

1 Comment

  1. Floyd Christmas

    It’s terrible mistake compounded by “unequal justice” where others are not criminally charged for “accidental deaths at the hands of someone else.”

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