Monday was a busy day for local law enforcement, with Lakeland police and Polk deputies reporting a homicide, an attempted murder and a pedestrian traffic fatality.

HOMICIDE: A 19-year-old man died Monday afternoon after being shot in a parking lot at Cambridge Cove Apartments off Kathleen Road just north of Interstate 4, Lakeland Police reported this morning.

Police did not release his identity but said he is from out of town and was believed to have been meeting somebody in the parking lot. Detectives say they think the victim knew the assailant, “however no suspect has been confirmed at this time.”

Police were dispatched to the scene at 3:55 a.m. and first responders from the Lakeland Fire Department and Polk Fire Rescue attempted to save the victim, but he was declared dead around 4:13 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact LPD Sgt. Jason Perez at 863-834-8927 or

ATTEMPTED MURDER: Polk sheriff’s deputies are looking for Marlon Tyrone Burgess, who is wanted for questioning in the shooting of another man in the Dawn Heights Drive area near Eaton Park.

A 20-year-old man who met with Burgess in Winter Haven was driven to the east Lakeland location and shot several times during an argument.

The victim, who was not identified, is hospitalized in stable condition, according to the Polk Sheriff’s Office.

Burgess is considered armed and dangerous. He fled the scene in a 2013 white Dodge Challenger with a red stripe down the top.

From the Sheriff’s Office: Anyone with information about his or the car’s whereabouts is encouraged to call local law enforcement, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200, 9-1-1 if it is an emergency, or Detective Det. Brittany Wright @ 863-499-2400, or if you have any information on his whereabouts and would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or leave a web tip by clicking on the “Contact Us” box on our Facebook page or go to The Heartland Crime Stoppers website is

Burgess was released from state prison in April after serving a 15-year sentence for weapons-related charges.

TRAFFIC FATALITY: Earl Kendall, 53, of Lakeland, died around 3:15 a.m. Monday after he was hit by a car while walking in the outside westbound lane of Memorial Boulevard near Interlachen Parkway, police reported today.

The driver of a westbound Chrysler 300 swerved to try to avoid hitting him, but Kendall, wearing dark clothes, darted into the path of the car as he tried to avoid it, police said.

Emergency personnel tried to save Kendall’s life, but he was declared dead at the scene, according to police.

Memorial Boulevard was closed for about 3 1/2 hours after the accident.

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