Man Shot by Police Deputies After He Smashed a Beer Bottle Over His Own Head – They Thought He Was Shooting a Rifle

Toby Hazlewood

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the neck by deputies from Polk County Police Department on February 26, after an apparent drunken crime spree. The man, aged 27-years-old had been making trouble, together with a female companion on the morning of February 26.

The pair had stolen a red pickup truck from a supermarket car park in Winter Haven, and later went into a tire store and demanded money from the cashier.

It was when the pair were being pursued by police deputies that the shooting incident occurred. The man - named as Kevin Correa - appeared out of the sun roof of the truck, holding a rifle in one hand and a beer bottle in the other.

He smashed the beer bottle over his own head, and it was then that a police deputy in pursuit mistook the sound of the bottle smashing, believing it to be the gun firing.

The deputy shot the man in the neck - his injuries have since proven to be non-fatal.

It could have been worse

It seems that while the incident resulted in a deputy sheriff being forced to shoot to bring the incident to an end, it could have been a lot worse.

Speaking on the incident after the event, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd had this to say:

”Thank God none of our deputies were injured today. The suspect made several bad choices this morning, including the choice that forced our sergeant to shoot him.”

Whatever possessed the suspect to act as he did, it seems fortunate that officers from the local police force were able to bring the incident to an end without more serious injuries or loss of life.

Do you think police have adequate powers to apprehend criminals who are intoxicated or incapable of controlling their own actions? Let me know in the comments section below.

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