‘Survivalist’ in body armour kills four people and injures a girl, according to the sheriff of Central Florida.

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According to police, a self-described “survivalist” wearing body armour shot and killed four people and injured an 11-year-old child in Florida early Sunday.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the shootings occurred at 4:30 a.m. in two separate houses in a North Lakeland, Fla., area, and that the suspect engaged in two separate shootouts with police “in quick order” before being injured and surrendering. North Lakeland is about halfway between Tampa and Orlando.

After the suspect was apprehended, authorities discovered the bodies of a man, a woman, and an infant child inside one residence, as well as an 11-year-old girl who had been shot “several times.”

No police officers were injured in the shootouts.

The 11-year-old was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital for surgery and another child, originally reported missing was located alive and well.

“This man killed four people this morning, tried to kill our deputies and then gave up,” Judd said.

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The suspect was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital where he attempted to grab an officer’s gun before being subdued for treatment. He will be booked upon release from the hospital, Judd said.

Judd added the man described himself as “a survivalist” and said he was on methamphetamine.

“He came here for a gun battle,” said Judd. “We don’t know why.”

On Saturday, before the shooting a woman called police to report a suspicious vehicle and said that a man told her “God sent me here to speak with one of your daughters,” Judd said.

Deputies responded within six minutes and did not find the suspect or the car at the residence but nine hours later deputies about two miles away heard automatic gunfire.

Upon arriving at the scene officers said they saw “an individual totally outfitted in body armor” but said he did not engage them and instead went back into the house.

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“At that moment in time, we heard another volley and a woman scream and a baby whimper,” Judd said.

A lieutenant then attempted to enter the house but found it was barricaded. The lieutenant then entered the house through the back and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.


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