- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2006

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a Polk County sheriff’s deputy was killed today, officials said.

SWAT team members shot the man numerous times after finding him in thick brush, just 100 yards away from where Deputy Vernon Matthew Williams was killed in a burst of gunfire a day earlier, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

The suspect refused to show both of his hands when officers commanded him to, Judd said. He appeared to have the .45-caliber weapon that belonged to Williams, Judd said.

Judd still did not know the man’s name, but said he saw the man’s body in the brush and matched it to the photo of the suspect that had been released Thursday.

Williams’ family had been told of the suspect’s death, he said.



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