A mother and daughter were killed Thursday evening in their home in Polk County and the search continues for one of the suspects after a four-man crime spree that left officers dodging bullets, deputies say.
Two suspects were taken in custody Thursday and a third suspect, Jovan Lamb, 29, was apprehended this morning and is being interviewed, officials said.
A manhunt is on for the fourth suspect — Terrell Williams, 29, of Haines City, said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Judd said he wants a peaceful apprehension of Williams but if it comes to a violent standoff, “we’ll give them a gunfight — one they’ll never forget.”
The victims were identified as Deborah Royal, 51, and her mother Patricia Moran, 72, both of Haines City.
“These are our neighbors who were doing nothing more than having a normal evening after work,” Judd said at a news conference this morning. “These two victims were viciously murdered — much too graphic to describe.”
The incident began when the four men met at 3 p.m. Thursday and then changed into different clothing.
At 5:45 p.m., the four men robbed a Cash America Pawn on Havedale Boulevard in Auburndale, officials said.
“We know this was a well thought-out, well-organized armed robbery and it was designed to create the maximum terrorism of the people in the store,” Judd said. “It was created to obtain not only their cooperation but take away any chance that they might fight back.”
His agency released pictures of the assailants pointing rifles at people in the shop.
The other suspects are Devon McCune, 22, of Haines City and Michael Gordon, 34, of Lakeland.
The foursome fled from the pawnshop in a burgundy SUV heading toward Haines City.
An officer soon spotted the vehicle and the suspects fired shots in his direction from the car’s back window, Judd said.
Minutes later, another officer pursued the vehicle and shots were also fired in his direction, Judd said.
Neither officer was injured.
One of the bullets nearly struck the second officer’s police dog.
The vehicle eventually crashed in the Chanler Ridge community.
“This vehicle becomes lost. They don’t know where they are. They’re trying to get away from the police officers,” Judd said.
Officers soon received a 911 call from a neighbor who had gone to check on the victims after hearing sirens.
The neighbor told officers she heard the women screaming “no” repeatedly from inside, Judd said.
Shortly after officials peered through a window and noticed the deceased, a blue car busted through the home’s garage, straight in the direction of the officers, Judd said.
Multiple shots were fired with four hitting Gordon.
He was also bitten by a police dog.
Gordon sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Judd said.
Residents in the Chanler Ridge community are asked to stay indoors while the search for Williams continues, Judd said.
Anyone anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.
A $5,000 reward is being offered.
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