December 4, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
or 502-8262 pager
Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene of a shooting at John's
Drive-Thru, located at 1515 South Combee Rd., at approximately 2 a.m. this
The owner of the store, John Samanns, DOB
5/20/64, of 2950 Willow Wood Dr. in Mulberry, was awakened by his store's
alarm at approximately 1:45 a.m. Samanns, who also reported his
business being burglarized on Nov. 12, 2001 and has since had surveillance
cameras stolen, was inside his store asleep when a burglary suspect tried
to pry open the door.
After waking up to the alarm, Samanns witnessed
Lary D. Russell, DOB 2/16/60, last known address of 216 Noxom St. in
Auburndale, holding an object and trying to enter the door. At this
point, the store owner fired at least one shot from a handgun hitting
Russell in the torso area of his body. Russell died at the scene as
a result of the shooting.
Polk Sheriff's detectives will provide the State Attorney's Office with a
report concerning the incident. The State Attorney's Office will
review the information and make a final determination.