The Interdenominational Ministerial Association, representing churches mostly in northwest Lakeland, held a news conference this morning to ask for calm as a police-involved shooting is investigated. The group asks that those who witnessed the incident cooperate with police. Lakeland police officers shot and killed a 17-year-old Winter Haven teen they say was trying to run them over and endangering others gathered in a parking lot at Florida and Memorial around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Crime / Justice
Police approached the stolen Camaro around 2 a.m. as they monitored a crowd of 200 in the parking lot of Salem’s Gyros and More at Florida Avenue and Memorial Boulevard | VIDEO: Chief Giddens news conference.
UPDATE: Police have identified the dead driver as Michael Jerome Taylor, 17, of 3741 Imperial Drive, Winter Haven, who has four felony arrests ranging from burglary to grand theft auto.
Myron William Ernst is suspected in the robbery of the TD Bank at 6108 US 98 North on Oct. 12 just before 1 p.m. The robber gave a bank employee a note saying he had a gun; after he was given money, the robber fled in a late-model, dark gray Ford F-150 pickup.
“We just keep asking, ‘Why? Why did this happen over $16?’ It has been so hard for our family—not only the loss that’s left a gaping hole in all of our hearts—but also to see our brother’s killer be released from jail, granted the right to travel, pretending that he was in some way the victim, when my brother will never celebrate another Christmas with his family,” writes Veronica Lopez. Her brother Christobal was shot and killed by former City Commissioner Michael Dunn Oct. 3 when he was trying to leave Dunn’s store with a hatchet he hadn’t paid for.
The judge who placed former City Commissioner Michael Dunn on house arrest after he was indicted on second-degree murder charges now says he can take a previously arranged trip to Savannah next month to celebrate his anniversary. He is also allowing Dunn to travel to Orlando to meet with lawyers.
Former City Commissioner Michael Dunn, charged with second-degree murder, is granted $150,000 bail by Judge Wayne Durden, who ordered him placed on house arrest. Dunn’s lawyer had asked for $15k-$25k bail. Dunn can’t have guns or ammo, judge says. #lkld https://t.co/ReDCDzJMPm
— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) October 25, 2018
- ABC Action News report, including video from the court hearing
- Ledger coverage
- Thursday night video: Dunn runs to elude reporters, TV cameras after his release from jail.
Lawyer Mark O’Mara of Orlando, who defended George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has joined Michael Dunn’s defense team. The newly resigned city commissioner has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a shoplifter at his military surplus store.
Michael Dunn’s resignation, effective immediately, means Gov. Scott won’t have to take steps to remove him from the Lakeland City Commission less than a year after being elected. City commissioners on Friday will discuss next steps on appointing a replacement and holding a subsequent special election. Also today, Dunn had a second appearance before a judge — this time accompanied by his lawyer. Bond is still denied after he was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the death of a shoplifter at his store.