A Lakeland man nearly shot his wife, threatened the police officers, and refused to put down his firearm. The incident from June 3rd challenges the deputies' answer to an active shooter.
56-year-old Michael Alan Loman, Combee Road North, Lakeland, was shot and killed, while his wife, who called the police, is unharmed.
The incident faced backlash since the public's trust in authority is low. However, the Sheriff was ready for backlash and had a prepared response for all those claiming this was an abuse of power.
Lomar's wife called 911 once he told her he would kill her while shooting around their mobile home. He refused to put down his gunshot, saying he would "kill her and all of the deputies when they arrived."
While reloading the gun, the police took his wife to safety. Upon learning that the police had taken his wife, Loman continued threatening the police officers.
The man had run-ins with the law as he was charged with possession of cocaine and three misdemeanors, including a domestic violence battery conviction.
In a dramatic showdown, Loman refused to put down his gun, despite numerous pleads from the officers. Four deputies were shot, and that was the end of Loman, labeled as an "active shooter."
The Polk County Sheriff's Office was prepared to shut down those who claimed that Laman's death was avoidable.
Sheriff Grady Judd was asked how the police handled a potentially suicidal shooter. The reply left the reporters stunned:
"We shot him — a lot."
Judd said this was the end of a gunfight and explained that the officers were trained to neutralize any danger. Regardless of the active shooter's mental health, the police had clear instructions.
The Sheriff added:
"He chose for us to shoot him. And we accommodated his request."
Judd added there was no time to try out other tactics due to the nature of his potential crimes. The situation was treated as deadly, with the Sheriff saying,
"When you've already engaged as an active shooter and shot at people and shot in the house and threatened to kill your wife and threatened to kill the deputies, and you brandish a firearm in the direction of the deputies, they're gonna shoot you — shoot you a lot."
The wife and the officers were unharmed.
"That's what they're trained to do. That's what they're instructed to do. They're not gonna sit there and hold a conversation with a guy with a firearm."
The Sheriff understands that trust with the public is vital. However, he insists that the mental health of a dangerous individual cannot be above the safety of others.
It should be noted that outside the mobile home were numerous neighbors, and it was confirmed that Loman drank a lot that evening.
Neighbors confirmed to the law enforcement officers that Loman had earlier been shooting inside the house and around the neighborhood.
The deputies are on paid leave as the investigation into any possible wrongdoing is underway.